MH-MARATHA-3RD LD BANDH
The pro-quota bandh called by some
Maratha groups today was marked by sporadic violence and
arson, disruption of road traffic and rallies in various parts
The day-long agitation began on a relatively peaceful
note in the morning but turned violent in the afternoon.
Marathas, a politically influential community that
constitutes around 30 per cent of the state's population, have
been demanding 16 per cent reservation in government jobs and
Violence and arson was witnessed today despite the appeal
by the Maratha community leaders for carrying out the protests
in a peaceful manner.
assurance by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that his
government was working on providing reservation in a legally
Pune was one of the worst hit by today's agitation, with
a mob vandalising property at the district collectorate and
violence being witnessed at some other places.
Authorities had ordered closure of schools and colleges
and suspended internet services in Pune to prevent rumour-
Plants of many companies also remained shut.
"According to my information, the main gate of the
administrative building and the security cabin's glass were
damaged," Collector Naval Kishor Ram said.
According to sources, the protesters also damaged some
light bulbs in the premises.
Authorities had taken precautions to prevent any untoward
incident and suspended internet services in seven tehsils of
the district to check rumour-mongering.
In the evening, some miscreants resorted to stone pelting
"After the agitation, some anti-social elements started
pelting stones at the police and even tried to block the
Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway," Shivaji Bodkhe, joint commissioner
"When the policemen tried to stop them from blocking the
highway, they started pelting stones, prompting the police to
chase them and resort to mild lathi charge in order to
disperse them," he said.
He said the police was in the process of detaining all
such people who are "not agitators but miscreants".
"The vehicular traffic on the highway has been resumed
now and the situation is under control," he said.
Chakan, an industrial hub about 40 kms from Pune which
saw violence on July 30 during a similar agitation, remained
peaceful, the police said.
In Aurangabad city, a mob pelted stones on the police and
set ablaze four vehicles, including a police vehicle, the
Some industrial units in the area were also targeted by
the mob, he said.
The police lobbed tear gas shells on the protesters and
tried to disperse the mob, he said.
Two groups of protesters clashed when someone allegedly
shouted slogans against Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at
"One person was injured in the incident but we brought
the situation under control. We separated the two groups and
The internet service in some parts of the city was
temporarily suspended for some time, the official said.
In Hingoli district of Marathwada, the protesters torched
a godown of the Panchayat Samitee in Sengaon area, an official
The protesters also created road blockades and staged
sit-in protests in Hingoli city and rural area, he said.
The violent protesters vandalised a toll plaza at Manvat
in Parbhani district, he said.
A railway gateman was thrashed by the protesters at
Purna railway station, he said.
In Latur, Congress MLA Trimbakrao Bhise faced the ire of
Maratha protesters, who surrounded him pushed him away, police
Protesters targeted the former chief minister Ashok
Chavan-controlled Satyaprabha newspaper in Nanded. They broke
window panes of the office, police said.
A mob approached the newspaper office and pelted stones
at it, they said.
Stones were also allegedly pelted at the office of
another Marathi daily Pudhari, located in the same area,
Protesters held a sit-in outside the residence of NCP
chief Sharad Pawar in Baramati tehsil of Pune, and were joined
by his nephew Ajit Pawar in support of the Maratha community's
demand for reservation in government jobs and education.
Protesters halted buses and other vehicles on roads in
Latur, Jalna, Solapur and Buldhana districts. They blocked the
Madha-Shetfal road, which connects to National Highway No. 9
(Pune-Hyderabad) in Solapur district, officials said.
Some agitators burnt tyres on roads in Jalna and
The call for bandh was given by Sakal Maratha Samaj, an
umbrella body of Maratha groups, but excluded Navi Mumbai,
which had witnessed large-scale violence last month during
protests by the community.
Though Navi Mumbai has been excluded from the bandh,
the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) at Turbhe in
the densely populated township decided to remain shut today.
Security was stepped up in Navi Mumbai, with
the Rapid Action Force and the Reserve Police Force.
The public transport buses and local trains were
running normal in the town. Heavy security was deployed on the
Mumbai-Pune Expressway and Mumbai-Goa Highway near Kalamboli,
from the purview of the bandh, supply of vegetables was
affected in some parts of the state, including Mumbai, APMC
A traffic department official said the number of
vehicles on National Highway number four (Mumbai-Pune) and on
the Mumbai-Pune Expressway was significantly less compared to
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