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PTI Last Updated at 07 Aug 2018, 23:08 IST India

Maratha quota leaders said today

that the community members will hold strident protests across

Maharashtra on August 9 for the cause.

The leaders said they have decided to suspend all

communications as part of the protest.

"The state government has not only failed to

implement its promises made to the Maratha community before

the 2014 assembly elections and in the last four years, but

also delayed the procedure of withdrawing police complaints

filed against the Maratha youth across the state," said Vinod

Pokharkar, a leader of the Maratha Kranti Morcha.

He accused chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other

leaders of not keeping the quota promise.

Pokharkar claimed that at least 2,000 youths from the

community were arrested by the local police under serious

charges in the state, following the agitations held last


"With the August 9 protest imminent, the state

government ensured that hearing on the cases against the

Maratha youth would take place after August 9. This means that

these youths will remain behind bars till Thursday," he


He claimed that not a single police station in

districts has received the state government's letter asking

them to withdraw charges of non-serious nature against the

arrested youths.

Fadnavis had announced last month that the government

would withdraw non-serious charges against the Maratha youths.

Pokharkar alleged that Fadnavis seemed not keen to

withdraw the cases.

Another leader Bhaiyya Patil said meetings will be

held tomorrow in some districts to chalk out the strategy for

the August 9 protests.

"We will finalise the agitation plan in these

meetings. We want to show the strength of the community to the

government," Patil said.

The politically-influential Maratha community,

constituting around 30 per cent of Maharashtra's population,

has been agitating to press their demand for reservation in

jobs and education under the OBC category.

In a related development, the Bombay High Court

appealed to members of the Maratha community today to refrain

from resorting to violence or committing suicide over their

demand for reservation in government jobs and education.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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