Maharashtra bandh Day 2 Live updates: Maratha Kranti Morcha calls off Mumbai bandh over demand in govt jobs, education

Stone-pelting and arson were reported from several parts of the state, with protestors clashing with police and torching vehicles at several places.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 18:05
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Mumbai: The ongoing Maratha agitation intensified following the death of another protester Jagannath Sonavne on Wednesday morning. Following his death, protestors blocked roads and vehicular movement in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. With this, the overall death toll in Maratha reservation stir has reached three -- two protestors, one constable.

The agitating outfits are demanding quota in government jobs and education for Marathas along with martyr status for protestor Kakasaheb Shinde who jumped to his death in Godavari river near Aurangabad on Monday, and an apology from Fadnavis government. 

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Several outfits including Maratha Kranti Samaj called for a 'peaceful' bandh on Wednesday. Protestors have also called for a Mumbai bandh. This comes a day after large-scale violence marred the agitation, leading to the death of a constable and nine other policemen injured amid suicide attempt by three agitators. 

Stone-pelting and arson were reported from several parts of the state, with protestors clashing with police and torching vehicles at few places. Internet services were suspended in rural areas of Aurangabad district to prevent any untoward incident. In Jalna, the police fired in the air to scatter protesters.

On Monday, the Maratha agitation took a tragic turn after a 26-year-old protestor Shinde jumped to his death in Godavari river near Aurangabad. The youth's death triggered a fresh set of violent protests in several parts of the state.

25 July 2018, 18:05 PM

Maharashtra police shoots tear gas on Maratha Kranti Morcha's protesters who were blocking the Mumbai-Pune Highway in Kalamboli over demand for reservation in govt jobs and education, earlier today. The organisation has called off Mumbai Bandh now.

25 July 2018, 18:04 PM

Harshvardhan Jadhav, Shiv Sena MLA from Kannad (Aurangabad) constituency, has offered his resignation to Vidhan Sabha speaker via mail over Maratha Reservation issue. He has left for Mumbai and will be giving a physical copy to Vidhansabha speaker.

25 July 2018, 17:39 PM

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25 July 2018, 17:32 PM

Train services between Thane and Vashi on Trans-Harbour line, that were stalled due to Maratha Kranti Morcha's protest over demand for Reservation in government jobs and education, resumed after the organisation called off their protest.

25 July 2018, 15:19 PM

The Maratha quota stir had turned violent after clashes broke out between two groups in Udgir in Latur district today. The clashes erupted after protesting Maratha Kranti Morcha workers allegedly forced people to shut down their shops and overturned a vegetable cart. Meanwhile, another group requested the shopkeepers with their folded hands to close their shops in Bandra.

25 July 2018, 15:11 PM

Union Minister and Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale backed the protesters but appealed to them to raise their voice peacefully. "I support the demand for Maratha reservation. I appeal to the protesters to protest peacefully. We need to make a law in Parliament and raise reservation cap from 50% to 75%," he said on Wednesday. 

25 July 2018, 15:09 PM

Maratha Kranti Morcha has called off the bandh in Mumbai. They were protesting over the demand for Maratha Reservation in government jobs and education. Earlier in the day, miscreants had pelted stones and set a bus ablaze in Mankhurd during the agitation. 

25 July 2018, 11:10 AM

25 July 2018, 10:41 AM

Clashes break out between two groups in Udgir in Latur district of Maharashtra when one group was forcibly trying to get people to shut shops and overturned a vegetable cart while attempting to enforce Maharashtra bandh. Police is on the spot and situation is contained: ANI News


25 July 2018, 10:34 AM

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25 July 2018, 09:58 AM

Jagannath Sonavne, a protester who attempted suicide by consuming poison on Tuesday in Aurangabad's Deogaon Rangari, dies in a hospital. He was a protester in the agitation for reservation for Maratha community in govt jobs and education: ANI news

25 July 2018, 09:57 AM

Taxis not plying on Mumbai roads. "We fear that the protestors will vandalise our vehicles," said a group of taxi owners.

25 July 2018, 09:53 AM

MUMBAI: Protestors are now heading towards Eastern Gateway. Traffic movement affected. 

25 July 2018, 09:51 AM

Protestors block vehicular movement in Mumbai, set tyres ablaze. Mumbai trains and buses witnessing less than 50 % attendance so far on Wednesday.


25 July 2018, 09:45 AM

 Protestors set tyres ablaze in the middle of a road.

25 July 2018, 09:29 AM

25 July 2018, 09:28 AM

“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 govt due to our protest. We are asking people to shut down their shops,” said a member of the Maratha Kranti Morcha.

25 July 2018, 09:02 AM

25 July 2018, 08:46 AM

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, reports news agency ANI.

25 July 2018, 07:43 AM

Pune saw sporadic incidents of stone pelting on Tuesday. Some people threw stones at an administrative building in Baramati and a state transport bus was attacked, ASP Sandip Pakhale said.
Maratha Kranti Morcha members took out a rally in Pune. "Our members took out a rally in Pune and traders kept their shops closed in Deccan, Laxmi Road and Bajirao Road areas of the city," said Shantaram Kunjir, a convener of the morcha.

25 July 2018, 07:40 AM

Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reportedly met the held a high-level meeting with the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission on the quota issue.

25 July 2018, 07:11 AM

Police on alert at several places after Bandh was called in areas like Palghar, Thane Raigad and Navi Mumbai.


25 July 2018, 07:04 AM

Complete shutdown has been called in Palghar, Thane Raigad and Navi Mumbai. However, schools, colleges, ambulances and hospitals are exempted from the bandh.

"We will observe a peaceful bandh on Wednesday. Thane, Navi Mumbai, Raigad to remain closed on Wednesday. Schools and colleges will not be included in this bandh as we do not intend to trouble anyone," Maratha Kranti Samaj said on Tuesday.

25 July 2018, 07:02 AM

Eight policemen, including two officers, were hurt after protesters threw stones at the Ghansangvi police station, police said. A fire brigade van was also set ablaze at Kaygaon.

25 July 2018, 07:02 AM

A constable deployed near the funeral venue of the protester who jumped to death on Tuesday died. Police said the cause of death is yet to be ascertained. "The postmortem report is awaited. Some injury marks were seen on his hands and legs," a police official said.

25 July 2018, 06:57 AM

Maratha Kranti Morcha has called for a Mumbai shutdown on Wednesday. Another outfit, the Sakal Maratha Samaj, called for a bandh tomorrow in Navi Mumbai and Panvel.