Marathas to intensify quota stir, launch ‘jail bharo andolan’ today

The Maratha community will launch a jail bharo andolan from today in Maharashtra over demands for reservations in jobs and education. The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which has been spearheading the quota agitation, issued a statement calling for the jail bharo andolan.

A team of 14 Maratha Kranti Morcha members will stage a protest at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan and spell out their demands. The organisation has indicated that there would be no bandh or violence.

Apart from demanding reservations for Marathas, the protesters are also demanding an apology from Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis for hurting the sentiments of the community.

CM Devendra Fadnavis has requested the protesters to maintain peace. Tight security arrangements have also been made in the state.

Some protesters also staged a “rasta roko” protest on the Aurangabad-Jalgaon road on Tuesday. On Monday,around 100 buses were burned or pelted with stones in a sudden bout of violence that took place during a Maratha demonstration seeking reservation.
So far six people have committed suicide in Maharashtra due to the ongoing agitation. 35-year-old Abhijeet Deshmukh was found hanging by a tree near his house in Beed district’s Vida village. The police also informed that eight demonstrators tried to set themselves on fire in Latur district, but the police foiled their attempt.

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