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Maratha quota stir turns tragic; call given for Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday

By Deepika
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    Mumbai, July 24: Protests have erupted again in various parts of Maharashtra over the demand for quota for Marathas after a protester jumped into the river in Aurangabad on Monday.

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    Moreover, some Maratha outfits have even called for a bandh in Maharashtra on Wednesday.

    Protesters on Tuesday blocked the Ahmednagar-Aurangabad highway and damaged a dozen vehicles, including a police van and a bus, in Gangakhed tehsil of Parbhani district.

    They refused to take possession of Shinde's body and demanded the resignation of Fadnavis. They held a sit-in protest at the Gangapur police station in Aurangabad district, demanding that criminal case be filed against the chief minister over Shinde's death.

    Locals also attacked the vehicle of Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire when he went to attend Shinde's funeral.

    The Maharashtra government, meanwhile, has announced Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia for Shinde's family.

    A Shiv Sena MP was reportedly manhandled in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district where he had gone to attend the last rites of a man, who died during the Maratha community's protest for reservation, an official said.

    The Shiv Sena's Lok Sabha member from Aurangabad, Chandrakant Khaire went to Shinde's native Kaygaon village to attend his last rites today.

    However, he was allegedly manhandled by some persons present there, a police official said.
    On Monday, a 27-year-old protester, Kakasaheb Shinde, jumped off a bridge over Godavari River in Aurangabad. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead, police said.

    Shinde's death had triggered a fresh set of protests in several parts of Maharashtra.

    Internet services were suspended in rural areas of Aurangabad to prevent any untoward incident.

    Meanwhile, Shinde's last rites were performed at Kaygaon village in Gangapur tehsil today, the official said, adding that an uneasy calm prevailed in the area.

    The traffic movement was slow on the road to Pune due to the protests.

    The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which led the 'jal samadhi' protest in which Shinde died, is leading the agitation seeking reservations for the community in government jobs and education.

    In the last few days, protests have taken place in Buldhana, Akola, Parali, Washim and Mumbai.

    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 in this connection in Mumbai.

    Despite assurances from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to fulfil the demands, nothing concrete has been done till now, community leaders have claimed.

    PTI

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