Maratha Quota Protest turns violent, Internet services jammed
Maratha’s violent protest demanding reservation quota in public sector jobs and education has now erupted in parts of Maharashtra. The protest escalated after a man named Kakasaheb Dattatrey Shinde (28) plunged to death in Godaveri River in Aurangabad on Monday.
Agitators on Tuesday manhandled Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire and Congress MLC Subhash Zambad at Kaigaon Toka when the duo visited to attend the funeral of a protestor who plunged to death into a river. Calling the death "unfortunate", Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today appealed for calm and said the government was serious about a resolution. Internet services were suspended in rural areas of Aurangabad as a preventive measure.Marathwada set vehicles, including those of the police and fire departments, on fire and pelted stones even as two youngsters tried to commit suicide. The two youngsters, who attempted suicide on Tuesday, were immediately rushed to Ghati Hospital. “Private and state transport buses were also set on fire. Similar incidents of stone-pelting and buses being set on fire are being reported in Hingoli and other parts of Marathwada,” a police officer from Aurangabad said on the condition of anonymity. The community leaders had earlier taken out several rallies in various districts to highlight their demands. Last year, a huge rally was organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha for the same in Mumbai.