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Mumbai shuts down after Thackeray's death

Last updated on: November 17, 2012 23:08 IST

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Security was beefed up across Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai where 20,000 police personnel were deployed, to keep a tight vigil following the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai on Saturday.

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Image: A board at a Shiv Sena 'shakha' mourns the death of Bal Thackeray
Photographs: Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com

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"The entire police force is on an alert in Maharashtra. Lakhs of people are expected to visit Mumbai to get a last glimpse of Thackeray," a senior police official at Maharashtra police headquarters said.

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Image: Vehicles pile up at a petrol pump to stock up
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In Mumbai alone, over 20,000 city police, 15 companies of State Reserve Police Force and three contingents of Rapid Action Force have been deployed.

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Image: Roads in Colaba in southern Mumbai were deserted
Photographs: Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com

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"The funeral procession will begin at 7 am. We have deployed enough number of police personnel at Sena Bhavan in Dadar, Matoshree in Bandra and at Shivaji Park where the last respects would be paid," Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said.

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Image: Residents of Colaba in south Mumbai watch as shops shut in the area
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"I appeal to people to remain calm and maintain law and order. Citizens should step out of the houses only if it is urgent. There would be traffic restrictions, particularly in Bandra and Dadar areas," Singh added.

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Image: Colaba market shuts down after new of Thackeray's death
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The police have made an appeal to motorists to avoid  the Western Express Highway as roads connecting Kalanagar area, where Thackeray's residence is located, have been cordoned off.

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Image: Sainiks mourn at a Shiv Sena 'shakha'
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The entire city wore a deserted look as shops, hotels, restaurants and other commercial establishments were closed and there was sparse traffic on the streets.

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Image: An ambulance with photographs of Bal Thackeray and son Uddhav
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"We did not ask anybody to keep their shops shut. People are doing it voluntarily," Singh said.

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Image: Shops shut down in Mahim, central Mumbai
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Appropriate arrangements have been made at Shivaji Park where VIPs are also expected to reach to pay homage on Sunday, Singh added.

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Image: Roads were clogged up as people rushed home
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As a precursor to what lies ahead for fliers on Sunday, taxi and auto rickshaw services from the city airports are shut on Sunday.

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Image: In Borivali in suburban Mumbai, the news of Thackeray's demise being put up by Sena workers
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City-side services like taxi and auto from the domestic airport at Santacruz and international airport at Sahar in Andheri will not operate on Sunday as a mark of respect for the departed soul, authorities said.

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Image: A hoarding wishing passers-by 'Happy Diwali' is brought down
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Meanwhile, Central Railway has cancelled the megablocks on central and harbour line services on Sunday to facilitate people to attend the last rites of the Sena leader.

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Image: Movies playing at Kulraj Broadway, a multiplex at Borivali, were stopped midway
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Trains and buses were packed to capacity as commuters rushed home on Saturday evening.

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The city had been on the edge since Wednesday night, when news of Thacekray's health condition worsening surfaced for the first time.

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Image: 'Kandeels' and other Diwali lights were put off by shopkeepers
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Hotels and cyber cafes were closed near Bhavan's College in Andheri in suburban Mumbai.

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Photographs: Sanjay Sawant/Rediff.com
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A follower of the Shiv Sena wears a T-shirt with Bal Thackeray's image on it.

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People flock to shops, which started shutting after news of Thackeray's death surfaced, in Andheri to buy goods.

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Shiv sainiks gather at the party's shakha at Andheri.

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The board at the Shiv Sena shakha mourns for the party's tallest leader.

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Photographs: Sanjay Sawant/Rediff.com
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The police keep a close watch at the shakha to ensure that the situation remains under control.

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Shops elsewhere in Andheri also remained shut.

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The roads near Andheri station, which are usually jam-packed with vehicles, remained deserted.

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Photographs: Sanjay Sawant/Rediff.com
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