Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, after chairing a meet of party MLAs and senior leaders on Thursday, said that a joint statement was signed to give reservation to Marathas lawfully.Fadnavis chaired the meet after over 300 protestors were detained across the state on Wednesday, 1 August for carrying out a ‘jail bharo andolan’.Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the government does not want to ‘fool’ the community with a hurried decisionMaratha Kranti Morcha will carry out a “jail bharo agitation” from 1 August to 9 AugustCM Devendra Fadnavis had assured the protestors that the decision of reservation will be taken, but the one that stands the test of lawPolice arrested 11 more people, taking the number of arrests made to 29 in connection with violence that broke out in Pune's Chakan over the Maratha Reservation protests, reported ANI."FIRs have been registered against four to five thousand people. Further investigation is underway," said Giri Gosawi, Investigation Officer.Arun Bhadale, 26, ended his life on Saturday, 4 August. The youth who lived in the Purbhe village of Raigarh district, cited financial crisis and the Maratha quota agitation as the reasons for killing himself.Bhadale left a suicide note at his cousin’s place in Kopar Khairane, Navi Mumbai, reported Maratha Daily Lokmat.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday, 2 August met with 22 eminent personalities from the Maratha community to discuss the quota stir.Noted actors Sayaji Shinde and Amol Kolhe, well-known art director Nitin Desai, Shirdi temple trust chairman Suresh Haware and water conservation activist Popatrao Pawar were among the prominent personalities who attended the meeting.Various short-term and long-term measures to provide relief to the community were discussed, CM told PTI. Amol Kolhe who is known for his portrayal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj earlier and currently as Sambhaji in TV shows, told PTI that the meeting was positive."I could feel the chief minister's genuine concern over the violent turn that the quota stir took and his positive approach towards welfare of the community," Kohle added. The actor said Fadnavis apprised the meeting about the steps being taken by his government for the Maratha community.The Maharashtra government has asked for Central security forces to face a new round of agitation for Maratha quota from August 9, a senior official told PTIMaratha Kranti Morcha, the umbrella organisation of the agitators, seeking reservation in jobs and education, had said it would start a new round of protests all over the state from August 9.A senior Home Department official said there were intelligence inputs that there could be fresh violence."We have reserve police force, but it would not be sufficient if there are simultaneous protests in different places," the official told PTI on condition of anonymity.15 out of 18 people arrested in connection with violence that broke out in Pune’s Chakan over Maharashtra reservation issue have been sent to police custody by Pune session court till 8 August, ANI reported. Rest three minors were not produced before the court.Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, after chairing a meet of party MLAs, said that a joint statement was signed to give reservation to Marathas lawfully.“Today a meeting was held with state leaders from diverse sections&a joint statement has been signed to give reservation to Marathas lawfully. State Govt stands in absolute support for Maratha reservation and we are following requisite process to do it at the earliest,” he saidMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will chair meeting of BJP MLAs and senior leaders over Maratha reservation issue in Mumbai on Thursday, 3 August.Maratha activists held 'Jail Bharo (fill the jails)' protest at various places in Maharashtra today, demanding immediate introduction of reservations in jobs and education for the community.In Mumbai and elsewhere, at least 335 persons were detained during the day. They were released later. No violence was reported from any place, police said.Pro-quota groups led by Maratha Kranti Morcha organised Jail Bharo at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai, where police detained 34 persons. They were released later, a police official said.Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the government does not want to 'fool' the community with a hurried decision which may end up in a long court battle.Speaking to reporters here, Mungantiwar said Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was making all efforts to give reservation to the community and emphasis was being laid on following of all due processes."The government does not want to fool the community by giving them a few days of happiness with a hasty decision, which will then get entangled in legal battles," he said.The protesters blocked the Pune-Solapur highway on Wednesday, 1 August.The Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) will lead the different groups protesting for reservation, on a “jail bharo agitation”, which will commence in Mumbai on Wednesday, 1 August, and will be carried out across the state till 9 August.The members of the team are expected to stage demonstrations at Azad Maidan, to state their demands, which include the immediate withdrawal of criminal cases against the Maratha community and a formal apology or resignation from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil for hurting the sentiments of the community, reports The Indian Express.Additionally, they are demanding a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the youths who lost their lives during the protests and Rs 10 lakh for the injured.A day after arson and stone-pelting reached in parts of Pune over the Maratha reservation issue, police on Tuesday booked over 4,000 people perpetrating violence and said the violent protests caused loss of property worth Rs 10 crore in the city.Over 60 vehicles, including public transport buses were vandalised and torched by protesters during violence in Chakan, an industrial hub 40km from Pune. Violence in the area is slowly returning to normal.CCTV cameras and video footage are being scanned to identify arsonists and rioters, police said.The spate of suicides spurred by the Maratha quota agitation rose to six on Tuesday as a labourer and a student ended their lives, while eight protesters attempted suicide today in Maharashtra, police said.The 17-year-old student died after jumping into a well at Vadodbazar village in Fulambri teshil of Aurangabad district, police said.Pradip Hari Mhaske, who secured 75 percent marks in the 10th standard exam, failed to secure admission in a junior college and a technical training institute in absence of any Maratha quota in these institutions, an official said.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government was working on the demand for reservations to the Maratha community, but that the legal process could not be curtailed.Speaking at a function here to release a book on Chhatrapati Rajaram, King Shivaji's descendant, Fadnavis said the decision cannot be taken only on the basis of sentiments."If sentiments are aroused, there will be unrest in the community. The legal process needs to be completed and our government will do that in a time-bound manner," he added.NCP leader Ajit Pawar appealed to protesters seeking quota for the Maratha community in Maharashtra not to resort to killing themselves over the demand and urged them to demonstrate peacefully.The former Maharashtra minister made the appeal through posts on Twitter, but did not refer to any particular incident."Besides, I request you with folded hands none should resort to extreme step of ending life pushing family and friends into grief," the former deputy chief minister said on Twitter.A 35-year-old man ended his life, while eight protesters attempted suicide on Tuesday in Maharashtra as the Maratha quota stir intensified, police said.Abhijeet Deshmukh, a resident of Veeda village in Beed district in Marathwada region hanged himself from a tree near his house, police said.Eight protesters attempted self-immolation by pouring kerosene in support of Maratha reservation in Latur district, also in Marathwada region, police said today.Another MLA from Maharashtra resigned on Monday in support of the Maratha quota demand.Abdul Sattar (Congress), who represents Sillod Assembly seat in Aurangabad district, has sent a letter to Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde.Sattar stated that he was quitting, as the state government has not taken any decision regarding allotting reservation to Marathas, Muslim, Dhangar and Mahadev Koli communities.Pune District Collector told ANI that the situation in the city was under control.“16 vehicles set ablaze and 25 vehicles were vandalised by mob during violent protests for Maratha Reservation in Chakan. Situation is under control, peace has been restored. Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been revoked,” he said.A 35-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train here over the Maratha quota demand.The man, identified as Pramod Jaising Hore, had posted a message on his Facebook page and shared a message on WhatsApp on Sunday, saying he would be ending his life in support of the reservation demand, Mukundwadi police station's Senior Inspector Natha Jadhav told PTI.Hore allegedly jumped before the running train in Mukundwadi area here in central Maharashtra late last night, he said.Section 144, which prohibits assembly of more than four people in an area, was imposed in Pune’s Chakan following violent protests in the area demanding Maratha reservations.After conducting a meeting of their MLAs and senior party leaders, the Maharashtra Congress wrote to Governor Vidyasagar Rao to intervene in the matter and demanded that he ask the state government to expedite its efforts for providing 16 percent reservation to the Maratha community.Protests for reservation for the Maratha community turned violent in Pune where protestors burnt tyres, vandalised buses and blocked roads.Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that party MLAs would be meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to discuss the issue of reservation for Marathas.“Our demand is to convene a special assembly session on Maratha Reservation issue. Our MLAs will meet the Chief Minister today,” Thackeray told the media.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday, 29 July, assured partial withdrawal of police cases filed against the Maratha youths for vandalising properties during recent protests for the quota demand."However, the criminal charges like assaulting police officials will not be withdrawn," the CM told reporters at Sahyadri Guest House.The announcement came after Fadnavis held a meeting with BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane and his MLA son Nitesh Rane, along with some leaders of the Maratha community who are pro-reservation.However, the names of the pro-reservation groups were not revealed by the state government.Shiv Sena party has called a meeting of its Ministers and MLAs at party chief Uddhav Thackeray's residence in Mumbai over Maratha reservation at 12 PM on Monday, 30 July.After the all-party meet, Sakal Maratha Samaj told reporters that they don’t trust the government, reported ANI. They said, “We don't trust the Govt. They should take a decision, we don't want any further discussions with them.”We demand apology and resignation from CM and minister Chandrakant Patil. We also demand Rs 50 Lakh compensation for families of deceased and action against cops who baton charged at women. If these demands are not met we’ll launch ‘jail bharo andolan’ from 1 August.Sakal Maratha SamajSpeaking to the media after the All Party meeting in Maharashtra’s Vidhan Bhavan, Devendra Fadnavis has said that he has instructed the DGP to take back the cases against people participating in the protest. However, cases against people indulging in arson and attacking police personnel will not be withdrawn.Fadnavis has also said that he has appealed to the people to maintain peace and no one should take any extreme step.“Requested Backward commission to submit its report & then we'll convene a special assembly session,” Fadnavis added.Govt had framed a law for Maratha reservation but that was stayed by high court. We realised it’s a special situation & reservation can be given only on recommendation of Backward commission.Unfortunately, commission’s 1st chairman passed away, we appointed a new & that took time.Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Chief MinisterAll party meet begins in Maharashtra’s Vidhan Bhavan to discuss Maratha reservation issue, reported ANI.In an editorial piece, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ has accused Devendra Fadnavis’ government of not being serious about the demands of Maratha community, reported ANI.Criticising the government for its approach on maratha agitations, the editorial reads:"The state government is not serious about the demands of Maratha community, else they would have taken a decision over their demands by now.”Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde, on Friday 27 July, asked the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government to withdraw police cases filed against Maratha reservation protestors, saying the action smacked of "vendetta".In a letter to the Chief Minister, the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council said Maratha protestors were being “falsely implicated” in criminal cases related to stone pelting, arson and attempt to murder."The government should stop this vendetta and withdraw all the cases (against protestors)," Munde said and slammed the BJP-led administration over its handling of the Maratha protests, which turned violent.(With inputs from PTI)Amid the ongoing Maratha quota agitation that sparked violence in parts of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to convene a meeting of leaders of all parties here tomorrow to discuss the issue.The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by the chief minister at his cabinet colleague Vinod Tawde's residence late last night which was attended by BJP ministers Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, Subhash Deshmukh, the party's state unit chief Raosaheb Danve, among others."Invitation for tomorrow's meeting, to be held at Vidhan Bhavan, will be sent across today. We will try and come up with a solution to the issue of Maratha reservation," Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil said.A protestor, who was injured in the violence during the Maratha quota stir in Navi Mumbai, has succumbed to his injuries at the JJ Hospital .Hospital Dean Dr Mukund Tayade told PTI that 25-year-old Rohan Todkar had sustained multiple injuries on his head, hands and legs during the violence at Kopar Khairane on Wednesday, 25 July.He was shifted to J J Hospital yesterday and was kept in the intensive care unit, but succumbed to his injuries yesterday, Tayade said.Internet services were suspended as a precautionary measure in Navi Mumbai on Thursday, where an uneasy calm prevailed a day after violence during the Maratha quota stir.The services, which were suspended early on Thursday, to prevent rumour mongering on social media and online platforms, will be restored on Friday, the police said.A police official said the decision to suspend internet services was taken on a directive of the state Home Department.(PTI)Five MLAs have so far resigned over the Maratha quota demand.Bharat Bhalke (Congress), Rahul Aher (BJP) and Dattatraya Bharne (NCP) resigned as legislators on Thursday, reported PTI.On Wednesday, Harshvardhan Jadhav (Shiv Sena) and Bhausaheb Patil Chikatgaonkar (NCP) from Aurangabad district had offered to resign in support of the quota demand.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis arrived for a meeting with senior BJP leaders and ministers on the Maratha reservation issue on Thursday night, reported ANI.Protestors torched tyres in Nagpur on Thursday over their demand of reservation for Maratha community.Thane Commissioner of Police Parambir Singh said that the police has taken 20 people into custody and other “mischievous elements” who have been identfied will be arrested.Today, during the agitation certain people blocked roads. We spoke to them, their leaders agreed and they dispersed from the location but a few elements started vandalising cars and attacking. A few policemen have been injured in this, certain members of the public too have been injured. Police then had to use force and tear gas to disperse these people. Around 20 people have been taken into custody. The mischievous elements have been identified. Our teams will arrest them.Parambir Singh, Thane CPHarshvardhan Jadhav, Shiv Sena MLA from Kannad (Aurangabad) constituency, has offered his resignation to Vidhan Sabha speaker via e-mail over the Maratha reservation issue, reported ANI.He has reportedly left for Mumbai and will be giving a physical copy to Vidhansabha speaker.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday, 25 July, said that his government has taken cognisance of the Maratha protest and is open to hold talks with protestors.The government has taken cognisance of protest by Maratha community and has taken several decisions. Government is ready to talk to them. We had made a law for reservation to the community but that was stayed by Bombay HC.Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CMTransharbour services between Thane and Vashi on Transharbour Lines have restarted.Sion-Panvel highway is still blocked by protestors at Kalamboli junction and Vashi. Efforts to control the situation is underway.Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam said that CM Devendra Fadnavis misled the Maratha community and lied about not attending the Pandarpur Yatra this year.The Maratha Kranti Morcha called off the state-wide bandh, saying that they wanted Mumbaikars to return home safely.“We thank Mumbaikars for their support. We had called for a peaceful bandh but if any citizen was inconvenienced, we apologise. We demand that the state government take cognisance of our demands. We call off the bandh that we had declared,”a representative of the outfit said while addressing the media.“We were told that protests turned violent at some places. These incidents did not take place where our activists were protesting. We will have to look into where the protests turned violent and who was responsible for it,” he added.The outfit also said that it was upset with the way the protests were handled by the state government and will decide the future course of action in a few days, reports suggested.Protestors pelted stones and set a bus ablaze in Mankhurd, Mumbai, during protests. The fire has now been extinguished by fire tenders.Two police vehicles were also reportedly set ablze in Navi Mumbai’s Kalamboli. Dozens of privates vehicles have also been vandalised.There are also reports of cars and buses being attacked between Sion and Panvel.Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said that he supports reservation for Marathas and will raise the issue with the NDA.“I support the Maratha reservation demand. I appeal to protestors to protest peacefully. We need to make a law in parliament and raise the reservation cap from 50 percent to 75 percent. Will also raise this issue in NDA,” he said.Protestors in Thane vandalised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ poster.Jagannath Sonavne, who had consumed poison in protest on Tuesday, 24 July, has reportedly died, sources told The Quint.Jayant Sonavne and Jagannath Sonavne had attempted to kill themselves during the demonstrations on Tuesday. While Jayant jumped into the Godavari river, Jagannath consumed poison.Clashes broke out in Latur’s Udgir area when a group of protestors was forcibly trying to get people to shut shops and overturned a vegetable cart in the process while attempting to enforce the bandh.Protestors of the Maratha Kranti Morcha blocked railway tracks, disrupting local train services from Thane.A group of Maratha Kranti Morcha workers requested the shopkeepers in Bandra, with folded hands, to shut their shops.Protestors set tyres on fire on the Majiwada bridge in Thane.Workers of Maratha Kranti Morcha forcibly shut shops on Thane's Gokhale road.A Maratha Kranti Morcha representative said that that the outfit plans to carry out “peaceful” protests and no roads will be blocked in the process.“We are not blocking any road. We are carrying out a peaceful protest. We have told our workers that there should be no inconvenience to the police or government due to our protest. We are asking people to shut down their shops,” he said.A Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus was vandalised in the Wagle Estate area of Thane by protestors from Maratha outfits.Additional security was deployed outside the BJP headquarters in Mumbai in the wake of the ongoing protests by Maratha groups.Protestors took to the streets in Thane's Teen Haath Naka in support of the bandh declared in Mumbai by Maratha outfits.Protestors pelted stones on two Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses near Navi Mumbai's Ghansoli on Wednesday morning. BEST bus services from Airoli to Vashi have been suspended in light of the bandh.With the Maratha Kranti Morcha calling for a Mumbai bandh on Wednesday, DCP Deepak Deoraj, PRO, Mumbai Police, said that all the necessary deployments have been put in place.We have also instructed our vigilance teams to keep a watch in sensitive pockets. We have told them (the protestors) to protest peacefully.DCP Deepak Deoraj, PRO, Mumbai PoliceNCP president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday asked Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to hold talks with representatives of the Maratha outfits to end the ongoing stand-off over the quota demand.In a statement issued on Tuesday night, Pawar lamented that instead of taking the grievances of the community seriously, the chief minister and certain ministers have given provocative statements.“The situation should be brought under control at the earliest. The CM should invite prominent representatives from the community participating in the protest for talks and start the process of resolving the stand-off,” the NCP chief said, adding that Marathas have so far agitated peacefully to highlight their demands."There was never any law and order issue," he said.Pawar also appealed to the protestors to ensure that public and private property is not damaged and the common man not made to suffer due to the agitation.He said that highly educated and well-off Marathas need not be considered for reservation.The deprived sections of the community need reservation but at the same time care should be taken to ensure that the reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as well as OBCs is not diluted.Sharad Pawar"The demand for reservation for the Muslim and Dhangar communities should also be considered sympathetically," he said.(Source: PTI)The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has came out in support of the Maratha community protesting for reservation in government jobs and education, reported PTI.The party said Wednesday's Mumbai bandh should be observed peacefully.The government can omit Maratha families having high income from the ambit of reservation, but there is a sizeable population in the Maratha community that needs such an affirmative action.Ashok Dhawale, Central Committee member of CPI(M)While giving reservation to the Marathas, the state government should not encroach upon the existing quotas for other communities, he added.Eight policemen were injured after protestors pelted stones at the Ghansangvi police station in Jalna on Tuesday, reported PTI. They include two officers, an official said.Speaking to ANI, the spokesperson for the Maratha Kranti Samaj said the bandh would not include schools and colleges.We will observe a peaceful bandh in Thane, Navi Mumbai, Raigad. Schools and colleges will not be included in this bandh as we do not intend to trouble anyone. Thirty-one-year-old Jagannath Sonawane from Aurangabad district, on Tuesday, sought to emulate Kakasaheb Shinde's example by jumping onto a dry river bed. Another man, named Guddu Sonawane, from the same district, consumed poison. Both have been admitted to a government hospital, the police said.Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire faced the ire of the protestors when he went to attend Shinde's last rites at his Kaygaon village in Aurangabad on Tuesday.Khaire was manhandled by the crowd present there and had to beat a hasty retreat, police said, adding that there was stone pelting as well on the MP's car.Protesting for a reservation, 27-year-old Kakasaheb Shinde had jumped off a bridge over Godavari river in Aurangabad on Monday, 23 July. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead. His last rites were held at the Kaygaon village in the district.Shinde was a member of the Sakal Maratha Kranti Thok Morcha, and worked as a driver for a local Shiv Sena leader.We demand that he be declared a martyr, his family be given a compensation of Rs 50 lakh, his brother be given a government job and action be taken against the local administration. We won’t collect his body or perform his last rites until and unless our demands are met.Maratha Kranti Morcha member to ANI Meanwhile, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation general body meeting on Tuesday decided to give Rs 10 lakh to the kin of Shinde.A resolution to seek reservation of 16 percent seats for Maratha community in jobs and education was also approved at the meeting.Sham Atgaonkar, a police constable from Osmanabad who was deployed on duty at Kaygaon, died soon after a commotion, which followed stone-pelting, police said. The cause of death is not ascertained yet, police said.Another constable was injured in stone-pelting, police said.A fire brigade van was also set on fire at Kaygaon by the protestors, police said.Maharasthra CM Devendra Fadnavis had cancelled his visit to a temple in Pandharpur after protesting Maratha outfits threatened to disrupt the event.Fadnavis told reporters that he skipped the event because he feared for the lives of nearly 10 lakh people, who are expected to be at the temple town in Solapur for the occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’.“If throwing stones at me can help win reservation for the Maratha community, I am ready for it,” the CM told reporters, adding that only the court could take a decision on the issue of granting reservation to the community. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.