Western Maharashtra still restive

July 26, 2018 12:00 am | Updated 04:52 am IST

Three policemen injured, BJP legislator’s house stoned as mob unleashes fury

Maratha groups protesting on the Sion-Panvel highway near Kalamboli on Wednesday.Yogesh Mhatre

Maratha groups protesting on the Sion-Panvel highway near Kalamboli on Wednesday.Yogesh Mhatre

A day after the State-wide shutdown called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha paralysed Marathwada, parts of western Maharashtra remained restive on Wednesday, with the agitation turning particularly volatile in Satara district.

A Superintendent of Police and two other policemen were injured after a mob began throwing stones along the Pune-Satara highway.

Vehicles damaged

“One of the stones shattered the SP’s car windows and injured his hand, while two other security men suffered injuries while trying to control the mob. Both are undergoing treatment at a local hospital,” sub-inspector V. G. Kubde told The Hindu from Satara. Two police vehicles were damaged as demonstrators shut off the Pune-Satara highway.

There were reports of vandalism from the district’s Karad taluk as well.

In Ahmednagar district, a mob stoned the residence of Bharatiya Janata Party MP Dinesh Gandhi, while in Nanded, an activist belonging to a Maratha outfit called the ‘Chhava Sanghatana’ attempted suicide. Incidents of vandalism were reported from a number of points in Ahmednagar district.

‘A fight for survival’

Cornering the Fadnavis government, Nationalist Congress Party leader Dhananjay Munde lent his support to a demonstration in Parli in Beed district.

“The battle for Maratha reservation ought to be fought by all sections and castes. This is a fight for our survival, not prestige. What is the need for further discussion when petitions have been submitted at every level? The government must now come down and meet the protesters,” said Mr. Munde, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and a prominent OBC leader.

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