Nashik: The ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ called by farmers received overwhelming response in the district yesterday. This was evident especially in rural areas. Farmers blocked roads at many places. They organised funeral processions and burned effigies symbolising the government. Vegetables and milk were dumped on the road.
Stone pelting incidents also took place while blocking roads. Police resorted to lathicharge at Shirwade Phata area. Offences have been registered against around 1500 farmers in the district. Police took 350 into their custody and released them later. District administration suspended internet service in Nashik city for some time to prevent spread of rumour.
Local leaders of farmers and some leaders had conducted a joint meeting at Nashik agriculture produce market committee on Sunday and decided to make Maharashtra Bandh a success. Farmers in the state were seen more aggressive after this meeting.
Though there was lukewarm response to the bandh in Nashik city, not a single farmer brought his agriculture produce to Nashik APMC. As a result, it wore a deserted look. Similar scene was witnessed at 16 APMCs in the district. Mumbai, Gujarat, Pune, Vidarbha and Marathwada areas were largely affected as the farmers’ stir entered its fifth day yesterday.
A strict bandh was observed in most talukas and villages in rural areas of the district. There was overwhelming response at Malegaon, Niphad, Sinnar, Nandgaon, Trimbak and other rural areas. Enraged farmers tried to stop traffic on roads. Rasta roko was staged on Malegaon-Nandgaon route, Wavi and Shirwade Phata. Effigy of government was burned at Wadalibhoi, whereas funeral procession symbolising government was organised at Mhalsakore. Vegetables were thrown on the road at Palkhed.
The bandh received huge response in Nashik taluka after all traders took part in it. Bandh was observed at Adgaon, Mhasrul and other villages in the city. Barring Shalimar Chowk and Shivaji Road area, daily routine was normal in most parts of the city. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena activists led by city Shiv Sena chief Ajay Boraste took to the streets in the afternoon and forced traders in the city to shut their shops.
As a result, the situation was tense for some time. Considering this, police personnel were deployed at Shalimar Chowk on a large scale. Minor scuffles took place among activists and police personnel. Bhadrakali police took some agitators into their custody. District chief Vijay Karanjkar, D G Suryawanshi, Umesh Chavan, Yogesh Beldar, Aditya Boraste, Majid Pathan, Pavan Datir, Ganesh Barve and other activists were taken into custody.