No bandh in Kandivali over Sena leader’s demise, shops closed voluntarily: Police

No bandh in Kandivali over Sena leader's demise, shops closed voluntarily: Police
Ashok Sawant’s funeral procession in Kandivali (Picture Courtesy: Mukesh Mehra/Facebook)

While social media is buzzing with messages about Shiv Sena workers ‘forcing’ owners in parts of Kandivali to shut shops to pay respect to former corporator Ashok Sawant, police have said that people from the area shut their shops ‘voluntarily’.


Earlier in the day, many citizens took to social media and claimed that a bandh like situation prevailed near Akurli Road and Thakur Village after Sena workers asked business owners to down their shutters. Mumbai police, however, have denied the same.


“No bandh organised by anyone. Shops closed out of respect to pay homage to Shivsena leader Ashok Sawant,” Additional Commissioner Rajesh Pradhan was quoted saying.


Sawant, a Sena leader and two-time corporator from Samta Nagar, was stabbed to death on Sunday night near his house in Kandivali by two unknown assailants. His funeral procession took place in Kandivali under heavy police police today evening.

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