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Maratha protests for reservations shut down parts of Maharashtra again

Maratha leaders had called for a bandh from 8 am to 6 pm across Maharashtra on Thursday, except Navi Mumbai and Thane.

Maratha outfits call for another bandh across Maharashtra, disrupt traffic

The community is demanding a written assurance of reservations for the Marathas, with a time-bound programme for fulfilling it. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has promised reservation for the community. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Maratha outfits call for another bandh across Maharashtra, disrupt traffic

Essential services, including public transport, will remain operational. Autorickshaws and taxis are likely to remain off the roads while commercial establishments will stay shut for the day. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Maratha outfits call for another bandh across Maharashtra, disrupt traffic

Officials said additional security cover would be extended to the districts of Aurangabad, Kolhapur and Nanded range, which had witnessed violent protests during the last fortnight. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Maratha outfits call for another bandh across Maharashtra, disrupt traffic

Shops, business establishments, schools and colleges are closed in Pune due to the state-wide bandh called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha. Vegetable markets remain closed as well, but milk tankers won't be stopped. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Maratha outfits call for another bandh across Maharashtra, disrupt traffic

The latest agitation began on July 18, a day before Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly that the government was committed to providing reservation for the community. He said it would keep aside 16 per cent vacancies while recruiting for government jobs. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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Maratha outfits call for another bandh across Maharashtra, disrupt traffic

The violence during the last protest had forced Maratha leaders to call off the protests. At least five people have committed suicide since then, and eight others have attempted self-immolation. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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All State Transport (ST) depots in Mumbai remained shut on Thursday. (Express Photo By Ganesh Shirsekar)

No buses are plying from Mumbai Central, Parel or Dadar depots. At least 19,000 state buses are off the roads since midnight. (Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)