A total of 68 political parties and groups such as the Vidarbha Nirman Sangram Samiti (VNSS) called for the shtudown across 11 districts. The organisers claim that the call for bandh has received enthusiastic response.
“All schools, colleges, a majority of government offices and over a lakh commercial and business establishments in entire Vidarbha have taken part in the shutdown," said Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS) chief Kishor Tiwari.
Heavy security arrangements have been made in the major towns of the Vidarbha region, which consists of Nagpur, Chandrapur, Gondiya, Bhandara, Gadchiroli, Wardha, Amravati, Yavatmal, Buldana, Akola and Washim.
Agitation has been reported from across the region.
Pro-Vidarbha activists tried to block the rail and road traffic at various spots, in a bid to stop the trains and vehicles from entering or leaving the state.
In another incident, a group of Yavatmal farm widows squatted outside the State Bank of India office demanding for separate state and justice for farmers.
This comes even as the separate Telangana movement continues to burn Andhra Pradesh.