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Maharashtra Bandh: Stone pelting on vehicles in Mumbai during Maharashtra bandh, BEST bus service suspended

Vehicles have been pelted with stones in Mumbai during the bandh to protest the killing of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP.

Maharashtra Bandh Updates: Vehicles have been pelted with stones in Mumbai during the bandh to protest the killing of four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. After this, bus services of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) were stopped in Mumbai after stone pelting incidents. Maharashtra Bandh has been called by three ruling parties to protest the deaths of farmers.Also Read – ‘We have not come in politics to rob, nor to crush anyone with fortune: UP BJP Chief

A statement issued by BEST said that nine buses, including one hired on lease, were damaged early in the morning near Dharavi, Mankhurd, Shivaji Nagar, Charkop, Oshiwara, Deonar and Inorbit Mall. “The BEST administration has demanded police protection and after reviewing the situation, buses will be operated from all the depots,” the statement said. Also Read – Maharashtra Bandh: Maharashtra will be closed tomorrow, there may be problems with fruits and vegetables; Make this preparation from now

Suhas Samant, leader of BEST Kamgar Sena affiliated to the ruling Shiv Sena, in a video clip appealed to all BEST employees to support the bandh. While BEST buses and many traditional ‘kaali-peeli cabs’ stayed off the roads, suburban railway stations were heavily crowded to and from local trains, which were running as scheduled. Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, the three allies in Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, have appealed to the people to wholeheartedly support the midnight bandh to express solidarity with the farmers. Also Read – Priyanka Gandhi attacked PM Modi from Kashi, said – Prime Minister traveling around the country and abroad cannot talk to farmers

Shops and other business establishments remained closed during the morning hours in Mumbai and surrounding areas, except for those engaged in the sale of essential commodities. Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association president Viren Shah said that they have decided to keep the shops closed for half a day in support of the bandh. “Shops will reopen from 4 pm,” Shah said. Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said last week that his party would take part in Monday’s bandh in Maharashtra with full enthusiasm. He said that it is necessary to awaken the people against the ‘anti-farmer’ policies of the central government.

Eight people, including four farmers, were killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3. It is alleged that farmers were killed after being crushed by vehicles carrying BJP workers, following which an angry mob allegedly thrashed some people in these vehicles to death. On Saturday night, Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra was arrested by the police in connection with the October 3 violence in Lakhimpur Kheri. NCP spokesperson and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik said that the MVA demands the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.


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