In Maharashtra’s district Pune, the internet services were suspended today to prevent the rumors of Maratha quota agitation.
Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil told the sources that the services were banned in Shirur, Baramati, Bhor, Junnar, Maval, Khed, Daund and rural tehsils of the district.
This action was taken to prevent any mishap that could happen after the violent protest that was seen from the Maratha community for the reservation last month.
On July 30, violence was witnessed on a large-scale during the Maratha quota agitation, from Chakan an industrial hub which is located in Khed tehsil. 70 buses were damaged in that area. To this, Mr. Patil said that they had no information for this untoward incident in the district.
Our sources have reported that the agitators today sat in the protest outside the residence of Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.
Besides this, the umbrella body of Maratha groups, Sakal Maratha Samaj, has called for a ‘bandh’ across Maharashtra for the reservation in government education and jobs. On this Pune Commissioner, Venkatesham K told to maintain law and order in the city, over 7000 police personnel were stood into action. These included Rapid Action Police Force and State Reserve Police Force.
Mr. Patil also added that Maratha groups earlier said that they would protest peacefully at the collector’s office.
Fearing from the Bandh violence, the Collector of Pune Naval Kishore Ram issued an order to close down the schools and colleges for today. Whereas the police of the area urge the local citizens to carry on with their daily routine.
The collector earlier told that 70 to 80 vehicles were damaged completely in the violence on 30th July in the Chakan area. Mr. Naval also added, “Two school buses were also torched and the lives of the students were endangered.”
“Even if there is no violence during the protest, the roads will be jam-packed which will affect the students. And we, in any case, do not want the parents to be in fear for their children”, he said.
Senior inspector of Chakan police station Santosh Girigosavi stated, “In the Chakan MIDC area there are more than 1,000 companies which have decided to keep their plants shut for today”