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Violence mars Maratha quota stir, Mumbai shutdown on Wednesday

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Aurangabad (Maharashtra), July 24 : A policemen and four others were injured, four persons attempted suicide, over a dozen vehicles damaged or torched, road and rail links blocked while a MP and MLC were roughed up, as the stir for the Maratha quota turned violent in parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday.

Several Maratha organisations have now called for a “Mumbai shutdown” on Wednesday, with the Maratha Sakal Samaj (the state-level body) appealing to all community members to observe it peacefully.

“Thousands of people are returning from the Pandharpur festival so Mumbai and Konkan region shall observe a shutdown on Wednesday. We appeal to all people to maintain peace and discipline,” said Maratha Kranti Morcha Convenor for Mumbai, Virendra Pawar.

Starting with Aurangabad, a series of processions were taken out on Tuesday in various districts of northern, western Maharashtra and Marathwada with thousands taking to the streets demanding reservations in government jobs and education.

Roads were blocked in Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Pune, while a fire brigade van, a bus and a truck (in Aurangabad), a police van (in Hingoli), at least five state transport buses (in Kolhapur), were pelted with stones and other several vehicles also damaged by angry Marathas, while there was rail blockade for half an hour at Parbhani this afternoon.

The Mumbai-Agra National Highway in Nashik was blocked, while protests were carried out in Nanded, Jalgaon, Parbhani, Kolhapur, Osmanabad, Ahmednagar, Jalna, Nandurbar, Yavatmal and Akola districts, and roads were blocked by burning tyres in Nashik and Hingoli.

In view of the violence, state transport bus services were suspended in Aurangabad, Osmanabad and Nanded, stranding thousands of passengers in the moffusil areas, while a silent protest procession was taken out in Nagpur, though Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and some other cities remained unaffected by the shutdown on Tuesday.

As a precautionary measure, the authorities suspended internet services in Aurangabad, some schools and colleges remained shut in Nanded, Osmanabad and certain other places, even as the protests subsided by evening.

Several districts observed a spontaneous shutdown on Tuesday, mourning for Kakasaheb Dattatreya Shinde, 28 who committed by jumping in the River Godavari in Aurangabad’s Kaigaon on Tuesday.

At his funeral – which witnessed a huge turnout in his native Kaanad village – angry Marathas objected to the presence of Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire and roughed him up, forcing him to make a hasty exit in his vehicle. Similarly, Congress legislator Subhash Zambad was also manhandled and had to be whisked off to safety by police.

A policeman from Osmanabad, Shyam Katgaonkar, posted on duty in Kaigaon for the funeral security, suddenly collapsed and died of heart attack here this afternoon.

Earlier, the Maharashtra government announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for Shinde, but various parties including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena have demanded Rs 50 lakhs as the issue figured in the Lok Sabha.

In Aurangabad, two persons Jayant Sonawane and Jagannath Sonawane, attempted suicide by jumping into a river and consuming poison respectively, but both were rushed to a hospital and are under treatment.

In Beed, two persons sought to commit suicide by jumping from the building terrace of the Tehsildar office, but police prevented them at the last minute.

Various prominent groups held meetings in different parts of the state for finalizing the main programme of a Maharashtra shutdown on August 9 – celebrated as August Kranti Divas – to intensify the ongoing two-year old agitation.

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the government an embattled Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, who was in Sangli, urged the Marathas to remain calm and call off their agitation.

“Agitations, violence and protests will not ensure reservations. We are keen that the Maratha community should get reservations… we have to consider various aspects,” he said.

Patil, and Education Minister Vinod Tawde added that since the matter is sub-judice before Bombay High Court and the Bharatiya Janata Party government was trying its best to resolve the issue.

Preparing for Wednesday’s shutdown, the police have made deployed tight security in the country’s commercial capital and are in touch with Maratha leaders to ensure a peaceful agitation, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Deoraj.

The Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena have urged the ruling BJP government to immediately resolve the long-pending Maratha reservations issue for which the community is agitating peacefully since over two years.

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Woman shot, dumped on road by Delhi cop; saved by another cop

On the way, the victim revealed that she was shot by Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Sandeep Dahiya, presently posted at Lahori Gate.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : A woman was shot allegedly by a Delhi Police Sub-Inspector and dumped on the road in Alipur area in the city’s northern outskirts on Sunday. The injured woman was, however, found by another Sub-Inspector and taken to hospital where her condition is said to be stable.

“Information was received in police station Alipur from Sub-Inspector Jaiveer, posted at Shahbad Dairy of the Outer North District, that while crossing the Sai Mandir on the GTK Road, he spotted a woman lying on the road, shifted her into his private car and straight away rushed to a nearby hospital,” DCP, Outer North, Gaurav Sharma said.

On the way, the victim revealed that she was shot by Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Sandeep Dahiya, presently posted at Lahori Gate.

According to sources, the woman and Dahiya were in a relationship since last year and the incident took place due to a quarrel over some issue while they were roaming in his car.

Dahiya is said to be having some matrimonial dispute with his wife and they are reportedly separating.

“The condition of the victim is stable and her life has been saved because of proactive action of SI Jaiveer. Case under appropriate section is being registered. The search for SI Dahiya is on,” the DCP added.

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Delhi records over 40 coronavirus deaths for second day on the trot

The national capital reported 42 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the number of deaths to 5,235, while 3,292 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 2,71,114.

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New Delhi: The national capital reported 42 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the number of deaths to 5,235, while 3,292 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 2,71,114.

This is the second day in a trot when the city reported more than 40 coronavirus deaths.

On Saturday, authorities had reported 46 fatalities, which was the highest in a day since July 16, when the city reported 58 deaths.

The cumulative COVID-19 case count rose to 2,71,114 on Sunday with 3,292 more people contracting the viral disease.

The 42 fatalities pushed the death toll to 5,235.

The capital reported 3,372 cases on Saturday, 3,827 on Friday, 3,834 on Thursday, 3,714 on Wednesday, and 3,816 on Tuesday.

Of the total cases reported in Delhi so far, 2,36,651 have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out.

As many as 51,416 tests were conducted on Saturday to detect COVID-19 infection, of which 11,414 were RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 40,002 rapid antigen tests.

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Shaheen Bagh: Man held for raping woman on pretext of giving her job

The accused caught both her hands and forced himself on her. He later dropped the victim at her residence in Ghaziabad.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : A 32-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a woman by luring her on the pretext of giving her a job in southeast Delhi”s Shaheen Bagh area, police said on Sunday.

On Friday, a woman, who resides in Ghaziabad and works at a factory, lodged a complaint where she alleged that while searching for a new job, she joined a WhatsApp group — ”Job for all”, a senior police officer said.

While chatting in the group, the accused called her and told her that he was a member of the group and wanted to help her get a new job. Later, they started chatting with each other, the officer said.

On Wednesday, the accused again contacted her, saying he had arranged a job for her and asked her to come to Abul Fazal Enclave in Shaheen Bagh.

She told him she would not be able to reach there that day , but he insisted.

She finally agreed and asked him to pick her up from Shastri Park metro station.

The accused took her at his house in Abul Fazal Enclave on his motorcycle, police said.

After reaching his house, he offered her some eatables but she refused to eat them.

She said she was not feeling well following which the accused offered to give her a massage which she again refused, police said.

Thereafter, the accused caught both her hands and forced himself on her. He later dropped the victim at her residence in Ghaziabad, police said.

“During investigation, the mobile number of the accused was found to be switched off. The victim identified the house of the accused in Abul Fazal Enclave, following which he was arrested,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) R P Meena said.

Sabri said earlier, he was working in private companies but during the lockdown, he lost his job and joined the group to get a job, the DCP said.

Through the group, he came in contact with the victim. On Wednesday, he called the victim and forced himself on her, police added.

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