Total closure of commercial, industrial & business activity marked the day when Bombay, India's metropolitan city, protested on the issue of atrocities being committed on the Marathi speaking people in the border areas between Maharashtra and Mysore (Since December 3, 1973, known as KARNATAKA) states.
Burnt train bodies at two or three different places.
Railway Protection Force guarding tracks - 2 shots
Few shots of another burnt bogie - five engine at work.
??? Taxies parked - 3 shots
A cop on a bicycle on an empty road
Pan from empty deserted road to an important Suburban railway terminus.
Blackboard stating "Bombay Bandh - Puax to back"
Deserted road in downtown Bombay, the busiest locality.
Police on guard - 2 shots
Bombay's Flora fountain, the business district deserted.
Police constable on duty.
Closed shops - 2 shots
Policemen on pavement
Police vehicle & shiv Sena Car (with Sattern flag) on patrol duty
Street lamps still burning - 2 shots
Pan - industrial area and mills with sunkillers chimneys - 2 shots
Parked Mail Vans
Shiv Sara Volunteers shouting slogan in front of Suburban railway station - 2 shots
People walking on railway tracks in the absence of transport - 2 shots
Passengers who have arrived waiting at the airport
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Background: Total closure of commercial, industrial & business activity marked the day when Bombay, India's metropolitan city, protested on the issue of atrocities being committed on the Marathi speaking people in the border areas between Maharashtra and Mysore (Since December 3, 1973, known as KARNATAKA) states. The Central Government has yet to settle amicably the border dispute between the two states which has been an issue for the past many years. The reports of the two commissions appointed by the Cartre has not been acceptable to both the states. There have been frequent protests but the recent one started on December 3rd when "MYSORE" changed its name to "KARNATAKA".
The "BOMBAY BANDH" (Bombay Closure) held today had been in response to a call given by the 'SHIV SENA', a state party which holds a good majority in the city's Municipal Corporation. The protest has been supported by all the major political parties except the left and right wings of the Government Party who does not support it but does not oppose either.
The "BANDH" (CLOSURE) has been a total success and completely peaceful except for a small incident when miscreants burnt some local railway bodies when the railway attempted to run a service which was later stopped. The taxies, the local bus service were not operated and no private vehicles taken out giving the city roads a deserted look. Factories, Mills, Cinemas, Commercial and industrial establishments were totally closed adding to the success of the 'BANDH'. Police patrolled the streets also the SHIV SENA volunteers to see no ??? incident takes place. However, rail and air travellers were held up for want of public transport & local engagements were cancelled.
This is the second call by the Shir Sena for Bombay Bandh on the Maharashtra - Karnataka border issue. The earlier one was on March 2, 1970. The party says they Cannot Remain quiet when the Marathi speaking population has been subjected to "inhuman treatment" by the people of Karnataka.