Bharat Bandh: 882 protesters detained across India

The nationwide strike was called against Modi government to protest regarding the inflation of fuel prices


On Monday, what Congress called a “successful” bandh, the police detained 882 protestors, across India, participating in a nationwide strike against central government over constantly rising fuel prices. With six people arrested, cases have been filed against eight protestors.  

Due to the rising inflation, Congress called for a Bharat Bandh in which 22 other opposition parties participated. In Mumbai, D.N. Nagar police detained Maharashtra Congress President Ashok Chavan along with Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam, and Manikrao Thackeray as they tried to halt the train service at Andheri Railway Station. 

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In Dadar, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) carried out a funeral procession of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark their presence in the protest, rather strangely. However, the police detained Former MLA Nitin Sardesai, MNS’ Yashwant Killedar, Sandeep Deshpande, Snehal Jadhav, Rita Gupta and others for the same. Other MNS leaders and workers were also detained in Worli as they tried to block the roads.

Maharashtra Security Forces (MSF) detained seven MNS workers for trying to disrupt Mumbai Metro service at D.N. Nagar Metro Station. In another MNS “style” incident, the party workers vandalised the office of a BJP corporator in Malad’s Kurar. However, the police later arrested four people.

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Furthermore, in Chembur’s Vashi Naka complex, some protesters pelted stones on the BEST buses and some individuals ransacked Pratiksha Nagar bus depot.

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