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Sharad Pawar slapped: Youth assaults Pawar in Delhi, protests in Maharashtra, bandh called in Pune

Sharad Pawar slapped: Youth assaults Pawar in Delhi; protests in Maharashtra, bandh called in Pune 


MUMBAI: Protests erupted across Maharashtra today following the assault on Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in Delhi and NCP has called a bandh in Pune, Sangli and Beed districts tomorrow to protest the assault on its chief. 

“We have asked those who love Pawar saheb to observe the bandh. We won’t compel anyone,” Rajpal said. “The bandh will be peaceful,” Pune city NCP chief Vandana Chavan said. 

Bandh call for tomorrow has also been given in Beed and Sangli districts by local NCP functionaries. 

After news about the assault on Pawar, who was slapped by a Sikh youth claiming to protest price rise and corruption, spread, NCP activists took to the streets in large numbers to express their anger and denounce the attack on their 71-year-old party president. 

They were quickly dispersed and train services were restored, said rail police. 

Raod traffic was held up in various places like Mulund, Eastern Express Highway, Vikhroli, Mahim, Byculla and Saath Rasta, police said. 

Protesters held demonstrations on roads in Mumbai, resulting in traffic snarls at several places. Suburban rail services were disrupted for a few minutes after NCP workers squatted on the tracks at Masjid Bunder and Kurla stations. 

NCP workers forced shop-owners to down their shutters in Sion, Dadar, Worli, Antop Hill, Shivaji Park and Kandivali areas. 

Mumbai police said several NCP workers were rounded up to control the situation. They were let go once the situation was under control. 

In adjoining Navi Mumbai, the agro produce market closed in protest.









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