Maharashtra Holds Statewide Bandh Today Against Lakhimpur Violence

Story Highlights
  • The shutdown is called to mark the ruling government's solidarity with farmers.
  • Congress to do ‘maun vrat’ outside Raj Bhavan at 11 am.
  • Local train services in Mumbai are unaffected till now. But shops remain completely closed.

Maharashtra has declared a nationwide bandh in support of farmers protesting violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri area, which began on October 3rd. The Maharashtra administration, which constitutes the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party, and the Congress, had called the rally in support of the farmers.

Shiv Sena activists blocked a road in Mumbai’s Chembur area today morning, as well as another in Kolhapur on the Pune-Bengaluru national route. At least 8 buses operated by the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport Corporation have been vandalized in Mumbai.

Essential services will stay open, according to the police, and local trains will run on schedule. The police have stated that during the bandh, they will guarantee that no untoward incidents occur and that thorough patrolling will be carried out. 3 Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force companies, 500 Home Guards, and 700 local armed unit’s soldiers have been deployed.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Maharashtra Cabinet issued a resolution expressing condolences for the killings in Lakhimpur Kheri. Following the discussion, state Irrigation Minister Jayant Patil urged people to take part in Monday’s bandh. A sit-in demonstration will be held at the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai by Congress leaders, including Maharashtra unit chairman Nana Patole.

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