The recent disturbances in Maharashtra prompted a complete shut down in many parts of the state, including Kolhapur. Events took a violent turn when protestors vandalised cars, bikes and stalls present on the streets at the time.
Kiosks and stalls that were closed also bore the brunt of the agitated protestors. One of the stalls damaged during the protests belonged to Shobha Gaikwad.
Shobha’s stall is located near the Kolhapur railway station, and she had recently borrowed Rs 10,000 from her landlord to stock up on eggs, oil, and other materials required to make tea and paan.
Shocked by the further debt that she would have to incur due to the protestors, Shobha and her sons sat speechless before her destroyed stall from morning till midnight.
After news about her plight spread, people from all over contributed to re-establish her small business, as per a report by Sarkarnama, a Marathi news website.
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Shobha was suddenly showered with donations not only from Kolhapur but also Pune, Mumbai and Delhi!
Later, a group called “Amhi Kolhapuri” also decided to help her out. Harshal Surve and Ashpak Ajrekar, along with other members of the group, bought 12 dozen eggs, a barrel of oil, sugar, tea powder and a chair for her to sit on.
From believing that her business was devasted and worrying about her additional debt to being inundated with the kindness and generosity, Shobha has definitely had an eventful 24 hours!