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Shiv Sena workers were seen stopping autorickshaws at the station

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Mumbai:

Shiv Sena activists today attacked autorickshaw drivers in Thane, Maharashtra, videos showing the day the Maha Bikash Aghadi government imposed a ban on farmers ‘solidarity in Uttar Pradesh, a week after eight people were killed in violence during a farmers’ protest in UP Lakhimpur Kheri.

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The men were seen patrolling the district roads in Thane and stopping autorickshaw drivers. They even slapped one driver. Some of them carried sticks, which they used to hit autorickshaw drivers who were passing by. There were a few passengers in the three-wheeler who seemed to be shaking.

According to the news agency PTI, public buses were off the road for most of the day even after some people threw stones at them. The bus service was resumed after the shutdown ended around noon.

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Government Railway Police Commissioner Kaiser Khalid said protesters were seen at three railway stations in Thane, Mulund and Bikroli. Khalid tweeted, “Protesters have staged demonstrations at Thane, Mulund and Bikroli railway stations. Officials have advised them not to commute to the station premises or to inconvenience passengers. Then they have moved to the city.”

A union of traders in Maharashtra objected to the closure on Sunday but later decided to support it. The move was seen as coercive by the ruling MVA after the BJP said it would not allow the Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party coalition government to close shops on the day of closure.

Earlier, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik had claimed that the closure was being “observed peacefully”. He acknowledged, however, that there were reports of “some people throwing stones.”

“There are reports of people throwing stones in some places, which is not true. No one should be involved in such activities,” Mr Malik said.

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The state government said everything except the emergency services would be closed. The Agricultural Produce Market Committee or Sabji Mandi was also closed.

Mumbai Police has come up with a comprehensive plan so that people do not get in trouble. Police were deployed at strategic points. Three companies of the Central Reserve Police Force, 500 Home Guards and 700 Mumbai Police from other forces assisted in maintaining law and order.

Local trains ran according to their regular schedule.

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