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.)