The bandh called by Maratha outfits demanding reservations in jobs and education for the community evoked a strong response in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district with markets remaining closed and public transport staying off the roads.
The district administration had, earlier, ordered schools and colleges to remain shut today in view of the bandh.
Attendance at government offices was also thin due to the ongoing strike by staffers demanding implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations among others, officials said.
He said that fire engines and ambulances had been placed at key spots to thwart any untoward incident and added that the bandh passed off peacefully in the district.
Major Rane and three soldiers were killed while foiling an infiltration bid in north Kashmir's Gurez sector early Tuesday morning.
Among their demands, functionaries of the outfits said, were reservations for the community, hostels for its students and withdrawal of police cases against agitators.
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