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Maharashtra shutdown: Maratha Kranti Morcha calls off Mumbai bandh

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Mumbai, July 25: The Maratha Kranti Morcha that was enforcing its state-wide bandh in support of the community's demand for reservation in jobs and education, called off Mumbai bandh on Wednesday. Large scale violence was witnessed on across the state by Maratha outfits demanding reservation for the community across Maharashtra.

Maratha Kranti Morcha

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4:11 PM, 25 Jul
Thane Police uses tear gas on mob even though Mumbai bandh was called off earlier.
2:50 PM, 25 Jul
The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation, has called for the shutdown in Mumbai, the financial heart of the country. Another group, the Sakal Maratha Samaj, called for a bandh today in Navi Mumbai and Panvel.
2:46 PM, 25 Jul
It looks like the protests have become violent. Police have used teargas to defuse protests in Kalamboli area of Navi Mumbai. Reports of lathicharge also are coming in. Protesters had blocked the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Kalamboli.
1:52 PM, 25 Jul
Police have used teargas to defuse protests in Kalamboli area of Navi Mumbai. Reports of lathicharge also are coming in. Protesters had blocked the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Kalamboli.
1:48 PM, 25 Jul
Miscreants pelted stones & set a bus ablaze in Mankhurd during Maratha Quota Stir. Fire has now been extinguished by fire tenders.
1:42 PM, 25 Jul
I support #MarathaReservation demand. I appeal protesters to protest peacefully. We need to make a law in parliament and raise reservation cap from 50% to 75%, will also raise this issue in NDA, says Union Minister & Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale
12:27 PM, 25 Jul
There is no impact of the protests on railway services in Pune. All trains are plying normally, Pune Railway PRO said.
12:27 PM, 25 Jul
In Chembur, some schools and colleges have declared a holiday.
12:26 PM, 25 Jul
Maratha Kranti Morcha members have blocked the Eastern Expressway in Chembur
12:26 PM, 25 Jul
Nine BEST buses have been damaged in Kurla, Bhandup, Andheri, Sakinaka, Kandivali, Koparkhairane and Chandivali areas of Mumbai while Western Express Highway has also been blocked by protestors, according to reports.

Through the day, protesters blocked arterial roads, including the Mumbai-Pune highway and the Eastern Expressway, and forced shops to shut in pockets of Raigad. Local train routes were blocked in Jogeshwari and near Thane. Violent protests had erupted in parts of the state on Tuesday after a protester committed suicide by jumping into a river in Aurangabad.

Sakal Maratha Samaj has called for a bandh in Navi Mumbai and Panvel as well.

Another vandalism report comes in from Thane - Protestors have vandalised a Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus in Wagle Estate area of the city.

TMT bus vandalised in Thane

Leaders of Maratha Kranti Morcha told ANI that their protest is a peaceful one. "We are not blocking any road. We are carrying out a peaceful protest. We have told our workers that there should be no inconvenience to the police or the government due to our protest. We are asking people to shut down their shops," he said.

Meanwhile, Protesters pelted stones on two Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses near Navi Mumbai's Ghansoli this morning. BEST bus services from Airoli to Vashi have been completely stopped today in the light of Maharashtra bandh.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that law and order conditions will be assessed by local police authorities to decide whether schools and colleges should be kept open.

On Tuesday, one constable died and nine other policemen were injured in stone pelting when the agitators clashed with the police and torched vehicles amid suicide attempt by two protesters. T

The impact of Maharashtra bandh was more visible in Aurangabad and adjoining districts, a day after the death of a protester during a protest march in favour of reservations.

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