Maratha protests: Pimpri-Chinchwad police detains 20 persons

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (File Photo: IANS)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (File Photo: IANS)

Mumbai, July 23 : More than 20 persons have been detained by police as precautionary measure after police intercepted messages of staging a protest for Maratha reservation at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s program at Maharashtra’s Pimpri-Chinchwad on Monday.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cancelled his upcoming visit to a temple in Pandharpur after Maratha outfits demanding reservations in government jobs threatened to disrupt the event.

“Police have intercepted some messages, like ‘will release snakes among devotees’, ‘could create a situation that would lead to stampede’, among others,” Fadnavis said. “Such kind of plans are being worked out and it is highly disappointing.”

Apart from reservations in government jobs and education, the Marathas have also been demanding a revision in the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and financial aid to economically backward students.

The CM, meanwhile, said: “The government cannot suo moto declare Maratha reservation. The matter is before the court.” In 2014, the HC had stayed implementation of the erstwhile Congress-NCP government’s decision to provide reservation to Marathas, who have been demanding quota in government jobs and education under the Other Backward Classes category.

Meanwhile,Maratha organisations have demanded a halt to the Devendra Fadnavis government’s mega recruitment drive that aims to fill 72,000 posts in the state till the Bombay High Court delivers its decision on the Maratha reservation issue.

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