Maratha quota stir: Over 4,000 people booked for Pune violence
Over 60 vehicles, including public transport buses, were vandalised and torched by protesters during violence in Chakan, an industrial hub 40km from here, where life is slowing signs of returning to normal.
A day after arson and stone-pelting in parts of Pune over the Maratha reservation issue, the police today booked "4,000 to 5,000 people" and said the violent protests caused loss of property to the tune Rs 10 crore.
Over 60 vehicles, including public transport buses, were vandalized and torched by protesters during violence in Chakan, an industrial hub 40km from here, where life is showing signs of returning to normal.
Its surrounding areas also saw arson and stone pelting, while the Pune-Nashik highway remained blocked for several hours.
"Cases have been registered against 4,000 to 5,000 unidentified people for the Chakan violence under various sections of the IPC, the Highway Act, 1956, the Green Tribunal Act and the Public Property Damage Act," said a senior police officer.
"With the help of locals, the process of identifying hooligans is going on," the officer added.
He, however, said so far no one has been detained.
Meanwhile, a police constable, who had received serious head injuries during the violence, was shifted to a city-based private hospital and is said to be out of danger.
Sandip Patil, Superintendent of Police, on Monday said some "anti-social elements" had infiltrated the Maratha quota agitation in Chakan, which was peaceful initially.
"The agitation was peaceful till 12.30 pm. However, the mob later split into small groups and some anti-social elements started damaging vehicles," Patil had said.
He had said they suspect some miscreants from the adjoining areas and districts could have joined the peaceful protests in order to disrupt them.
Patil had said the police contained the violence after additional enforcement was rushed to Chakan. The officer had said some hooligans were carrying fuel cans and shovels with them which show the violence was "pre-planned".
However, some schools, colleges and APMC market for onion and potato remained closed.
Kondhare's appeal came in the backdrop of protesters committing suicide over the quota issue.
The politically influential Maratha community, constituting around 30 percent of the state's population, has been agitating for reservation in government jobs and education.
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