Security beefed up in Maharashtra ahead of bandh
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in view of tomorrow's Maharashtra bandh called by the pro-quota Maratha organisations, a senior police official said.
The protests held by Maratha groups last month had witnessed large-scale violence and arson in various parts of the state.
The government has deployed six companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF), one company each of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) at sensitive locations, the official said today.
Marathwada, western Maharashtra, Thane and Navi Mumbai had witnessed maximum violence during a bandh called by Maratha organizations last month to press the community's demand for reservation.
There is a possibility that anti-social elements could infiltrate the protests for causing disturbance, he added.
Police personnel in plainclothes will also be deployed among the protesters, he said.
Maharashtra Chief Secretary D K Jain reviewed the security measures ahead of the bandh.
In a meeting held in Mantralaya, Jain interacted with senior police officials, railway security forces and senior administration officials regarding the preparations made to avoid any untoward incident.
Jain asked the officials to ensure that suburban railway services run smoothly and that schools and other essential services are not affected during the bandh, an official said.
Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 percent of the state's population, have been demanding 16 percent reservation in government jobs and education.
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