The situation in Nashik district remained peaceful today on the second day of farmers' strike in Maharashtra, but all agriculture produce market committees (APMCs) remained shut.
Nashik district is the biggest producer of onion in the country. Most of the onion trade takes place through APMCs.
The prohibitory orders restricting movement under section 144-A of the Criminal Procedure Code clamped in Yeola town, 70 km from here, following violence at Pimpalgaon-Jalal on Yeola-Kopargaon road yesterday, remained in force.
Ashok Shankar More, a farmer from Nategaon in neighbouring Ahmednagar district, died of heart attack as police opened fire in air to disperse agitators at Yeola last evening and people ran helter-skelter, police sources said.
Nashik city faced shortage of veggies and milk today. Many milk vendors in the city also joined in the protest.
Agitators today stopped vehicles carrying vegetables, fruits and milk at many places. They stopped milk-tankers heading for Hyderabad from Gujarat at Sonagir toll-naka in neighbouring Dhule district.
Protesters led by Shiv Sena MLA Rajabhau Waje and others staged rasta-roko on Nashik-Pune highway at Sinnar, 30 km from here.
Meanwhile, in a poignant sight, poor people were seen picking food grains and veggies thrown on roads by agitators at Siddhi Pimpri in Nashik district.
Overall, the situation remained peaceful in the city and the district, police said.
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