Pune: Warkaris going back home after travelling on foot for 21 days suffered a lot after the Maratha community continued its agitation in several districts across Maharashtra on Tuesday calling for Maharashtra bandh.
More than 300 warkaris of Hingoli from dindi number 106 and 36 travelling back to their village by trucks and jeeps from Pandharpur were stopped at Satara chowk for more than four hours due to the protests.
Also around 250 warkaris of Chafodi village, Karvir taluka, Kolhapur district, dindi number 331 travelling back to their village were stopped at Miraj-Sangola Pandharpur road for almost two hours.
Dnyaneshwar Kulal, president of dindi 106, said, “All the dindis will leave from Pandharpur to their villages on July 27. But some warkaris from our dindi have already left and they had got caught in the bandh at Satara chowk for more than four hours. They contacted us, saying that more than 300 warkaris from our dindi and from dindi number 36 were being stopped and were not allowed to proceed further from the chowk from 10 am to 2.30 pm. From our dindi there were 20 to 30 trucks and 30 to 40 trucks and jeeps which were affected due to the protest.”
Pankaj Tilekar, president of dindi number 36, said, “The warkaris from our dindi started to proceed to Hingoli to their respective villages from early morning today. They were stopped to proceed further at Satara chowk from 10 am to 2.30 pm. From our dindi there were 100 to 150 warkaris travelling from 30 to 40 trucks and jeeps.”
Bhanudas Nakhate, president of dindi number 331 said, “Around 250 warkaris of Kolhapur from our dindi left from Pandharpur in the early morning today. At 12.30 pm I received a message that they have been stopped at Miraj-Sangola Pandharpur road, Khardi chowk for almost two hours and were not allowed to proceed further due to the protest. Later, they must have proceeded because no message was received about the same.”
According to Sachin Dhole, regional officer of Pandharpur district said, “At 12.30 pm stone pelting took place in certain areas of the district due to the Maratha community protest. The warkaris have not faced any trouble due to it. They are all safe and sound.”