Mumbai, Aug 9: The Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) has called for Maharashtra Bandh today, that is, on August 9 over reservation demand in government jobs and education. With the bandh being observed, heavy security has been deployed across the state to check any untoward situation.
The Mumbai local train services on all the three lines are as of running well on their scheduled time. All the three line services- Central Line, Western Line and Harbour Line will keep the people updated about the status of the Mumbai locals if affected in case.
Earlier, IndiGo airlines tweeted saying they are anticipating transport disruptions and hence advised passengers to travel early to the airport.
The protest will be held in a peaceful manner from 8 am to 6 pm. The Maratha outfit MKM has urged the youths to observe a peaceful protest and not create ruckus or violence. Meanwhile, Navi Mumbai will not be a part of today’s agitation and so will organisers from Beed district.
In the wake of Maharashtra bandh, schools, colleges and several offices in Pune will remain shut today. Schools in Amravati is also scheduled to remain shut today. However, essential services like availability of vegetables and milk will be exempted from the bandh.
At least 2,200 policemen, 900 home guards, three SRPF coy, one RAF company, 20 striking platoons have been deployed at Pune ahead of the protest. Reportedly, six Rapid Action Force (RAF) companies and one Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Company will be deployed in various parts of Aurangabad, Nanded and western Maharashtra. Although heavy security has been ensured, the agitation would also be filmed on camera, as per reports.
For the unversed, the decision to call Maharashtra bandh comes after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that the government would give a reservation to the community before the end of November. The Chief Minister had also said that the mega recruitment of 72,000 employees in the state government will not be done till the Maratha reservation issue is not solved.