The day-long bandh called by leader of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, Prakash Ambedkar has been called off. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Mr. Ambedkar said the bandh was aimed to attract state government’s attention towards the neglect of downtrodden.
He said that bandh was supported not just by Dalit groups, but all the people who belong to socially backward class. With the bandh being called off, rail and road traffic is limping back to normalcy.
While Mr. Ambedkar claimed the bandh was peaceful, violent protests, incidents of stone pelting, rail roko were witnessed at many places across Maharashtra.
Normal life in Mumbai was disrupted as protesters attacked city buses, stopped suburban local services and blocked roads at various places in the city. While most private schools and colleges had declared a precautionary holiday, Mumbai’s famed ‘Dabbawalas’ chose not to provide their services today.
As per initial information, over thirteen state transport buses were damaged during the protests. Offices in major commercial hubs too witnessed low attendance, as many employees stayed away from work fearing violence. Most shops and commercial establishments also remained shut in Mumbai’s suburban areas.
The bandh also received considerable response in Amravati, Nashik, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalna, Dhule, Satara, Thane and Palghar districts with the protests turning violent in some places.