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PHOTOS: Sporadic violence as Thane grinds to standstill

Last updated on: April 18, 2013 19:43 IST

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A bandh called by major political parties in Thane against ongoing demolition of illegal structures without providing alternate accommodation to the occupants was observed on Thursday with some persons damaging at least 12 buses in the wee hours, police said.

Parties, including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena, gave call to the dawn-to-dusk shutdown against the razing of illegal buildings by Thane Municipal Corporation while demanding that alternate accommodation be provided to residents who will be displaced in the drive.

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Image: A protestor attacks a vehicle as bandh crippled normalcy in Thane city on Thursday
Photographs: Sahil Salve

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Unidentified persons pelted the buses with stones at different areas in the city. At least eight out of the twelve buses damaged belonged to Thane Municipal Transport and rest of state government, police said.

With political parties, except Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party, participating in the bandh, public transport and autos have gone off the roads, causing inconvenience to people, especially office-goers, in the morning hours.

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Image: Police inspect a damaged bus as bandh against the ongoing demolition drive paralysed life in Thane on Thursday
Photographs: Sahil Salve

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Shops and other commercial establishments have also downed their shutters.

Meanwhile, police detained one person while he, along with others, was allegedly deflating tyres of state-run buses under Thane Nagar police station limits.

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Image: Protestors damage a bus during Thane bandh on Thursday
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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The collapse of an illegal building in Mumbra, the suburb of Thane district of late, which had left over 70 people dead and scores injured, prompted TMC to wield hammer on unauthorised structures.

Local MLAs -- Eknath Shinde (Shiv Sena) and Jitendra Avhad (NCP), among others, have opposed the demolition drive demanding rehabilitation of residents of illegal buildings and sought regularisation of these structures.

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Image: Many shops had downed their shutters during Thursday's dawn-to-dusk bandh in Thane city
Photographs: Sahil Salve

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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, however, refused to stay the demolition of illegal constructions expressing concerns over safety of residents.

"The drive to raze 57 very dangerous buildings is on (in Thane) following an impending risk of collapse. As many as 1,094 buildings there are dangerous", Chavan told legislative assembly yesterday.

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Image: Police arrests a man causing disruption during Thursday's Thane bandh
Photographs: Sahil Salve

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However, Shinde and Avhad contended that the demolition be stopped immediately. "11 lakh out of 18 lakh population of Thane lives in slums and illegal buildings. Government cannot dislocate such a large population," they had said.

The students whose examinations were scheduled on Thursday were the worst affected by the bandh in Thane.

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Image: Roads in Thane bore a deserted look during bandh on Thursday
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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Many students were stranded near the Thane railway station as they could not reach their exam centres as the buses were not plying.

The buses of Thane Municipal Transport (TMT), MSRTC and BEST buses were not seen plying on the roads of Thane city that wore a deserted look.

Some persons allegedly tried to set afire the car of a man who had taken his ward to an examination centre.

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Image: A protestor attacks a government bus as normalcy was crippled during Thursday's Thane bandh
Photographs: Sahil Salve

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However, as the car owner came rushing towards his vehicle, the persons ran away.

Those supporting the bandh were also seen trying to stop private vehicles, including bikes and cars, from plying on roads.

Police said the bandh was total and security stepped up in Thane as a precautionary measure.


Image: Another damaged private bus seen in bandh-hit Thane
Photographs: Sahil Salve
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