Maratha Stir: Another Youth Ends Life, 11 More Arrested in Chakan
CM Fadnavis said that his government was making “sincere” efforts to grant reservations for the Maratha community.
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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 decision
- Maratha Kranti Morcha will carry out a “jail bharo agitation” from 1 August to 9 August
- CM Devendra Fadnavis had assured the protestors that the decision of reservation will be taken, but the one that stands the test of law
11 Arrested for Violence in Pune 's Chakan
Police 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.
Another Youth Ends Life Over Maratha Protests
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.
CM Fadvnavis Meets Eminent Personalities from Maratha Community
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.
Maharashtra Asks for Central Security Forces to Face New Round of Agitation
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 PTI
Maratha 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.
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