Mumbai Bandh turns violent in Navi Mumbai, 2 police vans set ablaze by protesters

25 Jul 2018 03:03 PM

Mumbai Bandh turns violent in Navi Mumbai, 2 police vans set ablaze by protesters

Updated 25 Jul 2018 03:03 PM

Protesters attacked buses and stopped local trains in Mumbai and the adjoining Thane city today during the bandh called by Maratha outfits over their demand for reservation.
The police in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Satara districts were on their toes to prevent any law and order problem during the bandh.
In Aurangabad, a man, Jagannath Sonawane, who had consumed a poisonous substance yesterday during the protest, died today at a local government hospital.
Nine public buses were attacked by agitators in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, a transport official said.
Agitators threw stones on some buses in Mumbai, including Kanjurmarg and Bhandup areas, shattering window panes.
In view of the stone-pelting on buses, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) partially suspended its services in some areas and expects to resume it when the situation improves, an official of the transport body said.
Protesters tried to block a road in Mankhurd suburb, but the police stopped them.They tried to burn a tyre on a road in Chandivali area and block roads in Jogeshwari and Kandivali, but the police dispersed them, an official said.
In some areas such as Bandra, Matunga and Mulund, protesters marched on roads and were seen requesting shopkeepers with folded hands to close their establishments.
They also hurled stones on two public transport buses in Wagle Estate area of Thane city and burnt tyres on its arterial Ghodbunder Road, but the police removed them.
Agitators blocked some areas there, including the key Teen Hath Naka junction, resulting in huge traffic jams on the city's main entry and exit points.
A bus was attacked in Ghansoli area of Navi Mumbai following which the city transport authority suspended its services in the area, an official said.
Contrary to their previous peaceful agitations, this time protesters tried to stop local trains on the Central Railway (CR) and the Western Railway (WR) corridors.
"A few protesters stopped trains on Up fast line at Jogeshwari at 9.16 am, however, they were removed from the track and train services resumed at 9.24 am. All lines working normal on WR suburban section," the Western Railway said in a tweet.

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