Maratha Reservation: Two cases lodged against protestors for violence


Pune, July 31: Pune police registered two cases against 4000-5000 protesters for violence that broke out during protests over Maratha reservation in Chakan yesterday. 

Days after Maratha Kranti Morcha called off the protest demanding Maratha reservation in jobs and education, fresh violent protests flared up in the industrial town of Chakan on Monday.

Agitators resorted to stone pelting and vandalised at least 80 vehicles including public transport buses, cars and while at least 20 vehicles were set ablaze.

The protestors also blocked the Pune-Nashik highway for several hours. At least eight police personnel, including three officers, were reportedly injured in clashes.

The Aurangabad Police are also investigating the alleged suicide of Pramod Hore Patil (31), who jumped in front of a train on Monday.

According to the cops, the man had shared a message on Facebook seeking quota for Marathas.

The large-scale violence triggered across the state on July 24 after Maratha outfits intensified their demand for reservation for the community following the death of a twenty-seven-year-old Kakasaheb Shinde.

The outfit organised for Maharashtra bandh after Shinde had jumped off a bridge over Godavari river seeking reservation for the community in Aurangabad on July 21. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.


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