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PTI Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 19:08 IST India

The bandh called by Maratha

outfits demanding reservations in jobs and education for the

community evoked a strong response in Maharashtra's Yavatmal

district with markets remaining closed and public transport

staying off the roads.

The district administration had, earlier, ordered

schools and colleges to remain shut today in view of the


Attendance at government offices was also thin due to

the ongoing strike by staffers demanding implementation of the

Seventh Pay Commission recommendations among others, officials


Superintendent of Police M Rajkumar told PTI that

protesters had blocked a road between Pusad and Mahagaon

tehsils yesterday night but police was rushed in and traffic


He said that fire engines and ambulances had been

placed at key spots to thwart any untoward incident and added

that the bandh passed off peacefully in the district.

Protesters here started their stir today after

garlanding the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on Garden

Road and later paying homage to martyred Army Major Kaustubh


Major Rane and three soldiers were killed while

foiling an infiltration bid in north Kashmir's Gurez sector

early Tuesday morning.

The protesters also marched to the district

headquarters in the afternoon and submitted a memorandum to

collector Rajesh Deshmukh.

Among their demands, functionaries of the outfits

said, were reservations for the community, hostels for its

students and withdrawal of police cases against agitators.

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

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