Maharashtra bandh: Protesters block Pune-Bengaluru road, 8 BEST buses vandalised

A daylong Maharashtra bandh is currently underway across the state against the killings of four farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpuri Kheri on October 3, who were run over by a car that was allegedly being driven by Ashish Mishra, the son of Union minister of state for home, Ajay Mishra. The bandh call was given by the three constituents of the state’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition: Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

The bandh, which began at midnight on October 11, seems to have evoked a mixed response thus far. Shops and establishments in many districts are shut. Local bus services operated by local urban bodies, too, are mostly off road. However, local train services in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) are functioning normally.

Shiv Sena workers staged a road blockade in Kolhapur on the Pune-Bengaluru national highway, and were detained by the police. Party activists staged a blockade at Chembur in Mumbai as well.

Congress will observe a “maun vrat” outside the Raj Bhavan at 11am. Party workers also protested at Solapur’s Mechanic Chowk, resulting in their detention.