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Maharashtra bandh: Saffron bastion at Dadar not spared, only few restaurants and theaters were operating


MUMBAI : protests, road and rail traffic disruption, and sporadic violence, the massive shutdown across Maharashtra called by Dalit groups and parties, was called off. The shutdown generated tension in Mumbai and a number of towns and cities across Maharashtra, as the state marked its third day of seething tension between Dalits and upper castes, mainly Marathas. In Mumbai, supporters, allegedly of Dalit parties, tried to block trains, metro and buses, and forced shops in some areas to shut down at Worli. Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai: The saffron bastion at Dadar saw sporadic closures on the day of Maharashtra bandh with only few restaurants and theaters operating. The place which is a renowed for wholesale market place were closed since 10am in the morning.

Theatres bore the brunt despite running the shows on the timings. A representative from the Nakshattra theater’s finance department said, “Morning shows only saw 10 persons drop in to the theatre. Usually there are 100 viewers at least for the morning show. Our business has been affected due to the bandh,” said a person at the box office who did not wished to be named. The Dadar market wore a deserted look throughout the day. However, post 2 pm shops began operations with downing half of their shutters.

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One of the iconic restaurants Visawa, near Kabuttarkhana at Dadar was operation since 2pm. One of the managers at the counter,who refused to identify himself said, “The restaurant was oppened post noon. When asked further, there was a rude reply, “We don’t wish to speak further.”

The medical stores were the only outlets that operated unhindered on Wednesday. One of the chemists Omkar devare, whose shop is located near dadar Gol Mandir said, “We kept the shops shut between 10am to 2:30pm as a precautionary measure. A group of 12 persons demanded that the shops be shut to avoid any backlash.”

The Kailash lassi outlet, another known outlet near Dadar station, opposite Nakshatra Mall, Was however shut. Arun rai, an employee at the lassi shop said, “Not a single person came to our shop since morning due to the bandh. We pulled down the shutter with the fear that our shop will be stone pelted in case it is kept open.”

The Police also advised them to keep the outlets shut. Shopkeepers were seen sitting out with the shutters partially downed and keeping a watch whether protestors are around. The late evening saw some protests outside Sena Bhavan from biker groups who had travelled from suburbs.