LIVE: Maharashtra Bandh – Maratha reservation protests end with violence; details of what happened during agitation

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Maharashtra bandh 9th August 2018 live updates: However, internet services were suspended, bus services have been hit in Pune. Mumbai also witnessed protests which were by and large peaceful so far.

Bicycles set ablaze by protesters in Pune’s Kothrud (ANI)

Maharashtra bandh updates:
The day-long Maharashtra bandh announced by Marathas ended at 5 pm on Thursday, with incidents of violence reported from some areas of the state. Despite appeals by the organisers, the Maratha-sponsored Maharashtra shutdown turned violent in many parts of the state with incidents of arson, road blocks and clashes with police before it ended on Thursday evening, officials said.

There were road blocks on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Mumbai-Goa Highway, Mumbai-Nashik Highway and the old Mumbai-Pune Highway which remained practically traffic-free due to the shutdown.

Activists climbed on the walls of the Pune Collectorate building, induled in stone-pelting and attempted to stop mediapersons from reporting the protests. Though exempt from the shutdown, many schools and colleges in the state remained shut as students and teachers could not reach on time owing to the agitation.

The shutdown was called in some places by singing the National Anthem.

The day-long bandh in Mumbai, Maharashtra had affected lives of commoners even as police initially claiming there was no untoward incident reported across the state. However, internet services were suspended, bus services hit in Pune. Mumbai also witnessed protests which were by and large peaceful so far. Airlines such as IndiGo and Jet Airway issued their travel advisories keeping in mind the day-long Maharashtra bandh. While bus services have been hit in Pune, supply of vegetables has been hit due the Mumbai bandh. This was the second such agitation to take place in less than one month.

Maratha groups, have been seeking reservation for the community in government jobs and educational institutions, has started. The protest is being organised notwithstanding the assurance given by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who announced last month that his government was working on the issue and would take a decision based on legal provisions.

Fadnavis had sought time till November to take steps with regard to the quota. However, the protesting groups have been demanding 16 per cent reservation for Marathas, a community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state’s population. Last month, the community members had started observing a peaceful protests. However, the agitation later turned violent after a youth jumped to his death in Godavari river near Aurangabad on July 23.

This time, security had been tightened in various parts of the state to check recurrence of large-scale violence and arson which were witnessed last month. Six companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF), one company each of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) have been deployed by the state government at sensitive locations.

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Maharashtra bandh 9th August 2018 live updates

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  • 08:07 (IST)

    Peaceful protest!

    Sakal Maratha Samaj has assured that it would be a peaceful protest. "It will be a peaceful protest from 8 am to 6 pm. I appeal to my fellow Maratha youths to desist from committing suicides. It is not going to help the community and its cause." Another Maratha faction has, however, given a call to only hold a sit-in outside the Mumbai suburban district collector's office.

  • 08:02 (IST)

    No bandh in Navi Mumbai?

    Umbrella body of Maratha groups Sakal Maratha Samaj has categorically said that there won't be any bandh in Navi Mumbai. 'It will be a state-wide bandh, excluding Navi Mumbai. All the essential services, schools and colleges have been excluded from the bandh,' a leader of Sakal Maratha Samaj Amol Jadhavrao said. "Due to some sensitive issues, we have decided not to observe bandh in Navi Mumbai," he said.

20:28 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Tragedy averted in Nagpur

In Nagpur, a tragedy was averted when police pulled away protesters lying on tracks just in time before a speeding train passed on Mankapur railway over-bridge. Protesters had gathered at the bridge in the morning, and around 12.30 pm, when police arrived on the spot, seven or eight of them rushed to the tracks and lay down, said inspector Mahesh Chavan.

19:08 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Maratha shutdown ends with violence

Despite a 'code of conduct' issued by the Maratha Kranti Morcha and Sakala Maratha Samaj  to the supporters to ensure a violence-free shutdown but incidents of vandalism were reported from several parts of the state. Though the shutdown got on to a peaceful start in the morning, within hours there were many incidents of violence, especially in Pune district. A dozen public and private vehicles were damaged in other parts of the state.In Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, only token protests were held, the suburban trains services on the Western Railway, Central Railway and Metro Railway operated normally and traffic was unhindered.

18:13 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Protests turn violent, bicycles torched in Pune

The protests for demanding reservation by Maratha community have become violent and incidents of stone pelting, road blockade have been reported from several parts of the state.

Bicycles set ablaze by protesters in Pune's Kothrud (ANI)
17:30 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Stone pelting at Ashok Chavan's newspaper office

Protesters demanding reservation for Maratha community allegedly pelted stones at the newspaper office of senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan in Nanded.

17:00 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Police fires in the air in Aurangabad

Protests for reservation demand by Maratha community have taken a violent turn in many parts of the state. According to News18 Lokmat, protestors lit the container in Aurangabad and Police fired in the air to control the situation.

Photo: News18 Lokmat
16:32 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Shiv Sena MLA denied entry to Vidhan Bhavan, protests outside the gate

Shiv Sena MLA from Kolhapur, Prakash Abitkar, who was denied permission to enter the Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai in support of the Maratha community's quota demand, sat outside the gate of the legislature complex in protest.

(Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)
16:25 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Protestors turn violent, vehicle torched

Maratha reservation: Protest has taken violent turn. A vehicle was torched in Hingoli.

Photo: News18 Lokmat
15:42 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Agitators attack Pune district collector office's premises

Agitators attacked the gate and a cabin at the Pune district collector's office and damaged some light bulbs in the premises, a police official said. As the strike began, around 4,000 to 5,000 agitators gathered outside the collectorate this morning.Maharashtra bandh: Protestors outside Pune district collector's office (IE)

15:36 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Voluntary support to bandh in Dadar

A vegetable seller in Mumbai's Dadar area told PTI that the 'bandh' was not forced on them, but they had voluntarily shut down business for the day in support of the cause. Protesters took out silent marches in Mumbai's Ghatkopar suburb and in the neighbouring Thane district.

15:32 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: CM Fadnavis had sought time till November to take steps with regard to the quota.

Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state's population, have been demanding 16 per cent reservation. Community members had earlier taken out silent marches across the state to highlight their demands. The agitation, however, turned violent after a 27-year-old protester jumped to his death in Godavari River near Aurangabad on July 23.

15:22 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maratha reservation: I will never lead the Maratha Morcha, says Sambhaji Raje

I will never lead the Maratha Morcha, says Sambhaji Raje, Rajya Sabha MP and descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji.

Sambhaji Raje with Devendra Fadnavis (File photo: IE)
15:16 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Protesters clashed in Aurangabad over slogans against Uddhav Thackeray

Two groups of protesters clashed when someone allegedly shouted slogans against Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Kranti Chowk in Aurangabad district, PTI reported quoting a police official. According to him, a group led by Sena district chief Ambadas Danve objected to the slogans, following which members of both the sides beat up each other.

15:12 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra bandh: Maratha agitators disrupt road traffic

Maratha agitators disrupted road traffic in some parts of Maharashtra, while Internet services were suspended in seven rural tehsils of Pune district to prevent rumour-mongering, news agency PTI reported.

15:06 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra Bandh: Maratha activists intrude at Hinjewadi IT park

Protesters demanding reservation for Maratha community have reportedly intruded directly at the office of Hinjewadi IT Park, Kelly Bambaji, News8 Lokmat reported. Maratha groups had earlier announced the statewide bandh despite assurance given by the Fadnavis government.

Photo source: News18 Lokmat
Photo source: News18 Lokmat
14:59 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maratha reservation: Protesters cover their eyes in Mumbai

Protesters cover their eyes and mouth with black ribbons during protest demanding reservation in Mumbai during the Maharashtra bandh.

12:04 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Protest outside Sharad Pawar's residence

The agitators held a sit-in protest outside the residence of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar in Baramati today.

12:02 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
No untoward incident so far

Superintendent of Police (SP) Sandip Patil said there was no information of any untoward incident in the district so far. Over 7,000 police personnel have been deployed in the city, along with some companies of the State Reserve Police Force and Rapid Action Force, to maintain law and order, Pune Commissioner of Police Venkatesham K said.

11:49 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Pune bandh update: Internet services suspended

Aiming to check rumour-mongering regarding Maratha reservation protests, district administration has suspended internet services in Maharashtra's Pune. Internet services were temporarily suspended in Baramati, Shirur, Khed, Junnar, Maval, Bhor and Daund rural tehsils of the district, Superintendent of Police (SP) Sandip Patil said.

11:04 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
IndiGo cautions passengers

In its travel advisory, IndiGo said, "Due to the planned Bandh in Maharashtra, we are anticipating transport disruptions. Passengers are advised to keep extra time in hand while travelling to/from the airport."

11:04 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
IndiGo cautions passengers

In its travel advisory, IndiGo said, "Due to the planned Bandh in Maharashtra, we are anticipating transport disruptions. Passengers are advised to keep extra time in hand while travelling to/from the airport."

11:01 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Jet Airways advisory

Jet Airways has issued advisory pertaining to Maharashtra bandh

10:47 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Internet services stopped

Internet services stopped in Barshi Taluka in Solapur District, according to reports. 

10:34 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Bus services hit in Maharashtra

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has decided not to ply its buses as a precautionary measure due to bandh called by Maratha Kranti Morcha

10:04 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Supply of vegetables hit duirng Maharashtra bandh

The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) has decided to remain shut today. APMC officials said that the supply of vegetables was affected in some parts of the state, including Mumbai. However, essential services have been excluded from the bandh purview by Maratha groups.

09:49 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Maharashtra Bandh timing

Leader of Sakal Maratha Samaj Amol Jadhavrao said yesterday that they would hold a peaceful protest from 8 AM to 6 pm on Thursday.

09:43 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Rahul Gandhi cancels Maratha bandh meeting

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has cancelled a meeting during which he was scheduled to discuss current politicalscenario and Maratha quota stir as he had to attend late former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's funeral.

08:40 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Latest image from Mumbai

So far there is no visible impact of Maratha reservation strike in Mumbai's GTB Nagar.

08:37 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
CM Fadnavis blamed

Sakal Maratha Samaj leader alleged that CM Fadnavis was talking to only a handful of Marathas and trying to create confusion within the community. "Fadnavis should give a time-bound programme for giving quota to the community on his letterhead and we will withdraw our agitation," Jadhavrao said.

08:32 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Appeal for clam

Sakal Maratha Samaj leader Jadhavrao said, "We are also making an appeal to the Maratha youths to stay away from violence. We will not indulge in any aggressive protest and there will be no damage to public properties." "We have given a call for a peaceful agitation. We have no intention to cause a contempt of court. The coordinators of Maratha morcha from Navi Mumbai can participate in the agitation in Mumbai," Jadhavrao said.

08:30 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Bombay High Court intervenes

The Bombay High Court had urged the Maratha community members to refrain from resorting to violence or committing suicide. The HC made this remark while hearing a PIL filed by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, seeking quota and directions to the backward classes commission to submit its recommendations to the state on entitlement of such quota expeditiously.

08:27 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Videographing, CCTV footage

A senior police official said the peaceful protests would be allowed but there would be a heavy deployment of security personnel, especially in sensitive pockets where violence had taken place during the agitation earlier. "We are appealing people not to take law into their hands and not to believe any kinds of rumours," he said. "We had demanded 15 companies. But the Centre has sent seven companies -- six of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and one company of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)," the official said. There would be videographing of protests. These videos and CCTV footage will help police identify criminals and mischief-mongers who may try to take advantage and indulge in violence, the official said.

08:24 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Commercial units closed

Commercial units in the Chakan industrial area have also decided to remain closed today fearing repercussion of Maratha reservation protest. "There are over 1,000 companies in the Chakan MIDC area and majority of them have decided keep their plants and firms shut," Chakan police station's senior inspector Santosh Girigosavi said.

08:11 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Schools, colleges shut in Pune

Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram had issued an order that schools and colleges will remain shut on Thursday apprehending violence during Maharashtra bandh. A release issued by the collectorate said during the violence on July 30 in Chakan area, 70 to 80 vehicles were torched and damaged.

08:07 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Peaceful protest!

Sakal Maratha Samaj has assured that it would be a peaceful protest. "It will be a peaceful protest from 8 am to 6 pm. I appeal to my fellow Maratha youths to desist from committing suicides. It is not going to help the community and its cause." Another Maratha faction has, however, given a call to only hold a sit-in outside the Mumbai suburban district collector's office.

08:02 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
No bandh in Navi Mumbai?

Umbrella body of Maratha groups Sakal Maratha Samaj has categorically said that there won't be any bandh in Navi Mumbai. 'It will be a state-wide bandh, excluding Navi Mumbai. All the essential services, schools and colleges have been excluded from the bandh,' a leader of Sakal Maratha Samaj Amol Jadhavrao said. "Due to some sensitive issues, we have decided not to observe bandh in Navi Mumbai," he said.

07:58 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
Violent protests in July

A number of places, especially Koparkhairane and Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, had witnessed violence during the Maratha quota stir late last month. Around 20 policemen, including eight officers, were injured in stone-pelting by protesters at Kopar Khairane and Kalamboli. A protester, injured in the violence in Navi Mumbai, had succumbed to his injuries. According to the police, between July 18 and 27, 276 cases of violence were registered across the state during the quota agitation. There were incidents of stone pelting at over 250 places and 198 incidents of arson, he said. Property, including both public and private, worth more than Rs 4.5 crore was damaged within those 10 days, a police official said.

07:56 (IST) 09 Aug 2018
November 15 deadline

On the eve of the bandh, senior minister Chandrakant Patil said that 'nothing can be done' on their demand till November 15. The state police has said it will make maximum deployment of its personnel as also the central forces requisitioned so as to maintain the law and order.

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