Shops across Maharashtra would remain shut today, Monday October 11 after the state government called for a ‘bandh’ for showing solidarity with farmers post the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident in Uttar Pradesh.
While autos and taxis are being plied as of now but the drivers, fearing any possible attacks, said if there were any untoward incidents, taxis and autos would go off roads.
The state government said all shops except for those selling essential services would remain shut. The Agricultural Produce Market Committee or subzi mandi would also remain shut.
While former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said the ruling parties were politicising the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, BJP MLA Nitesh Rane said, "If shopkeepers are 'forced' to close shops Tomorrow by any of the MVA karyakartas..then they will have to face BJP karyakartas! Police should ensure no one is forced or else there will be a law and order situation which is not our responsibility.”
A week before, eight people died in violence in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri during a farmers' protest when an SUV ran over them in high speed.