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Maratha groups call for state bandh today, exclude Navi Mumbai

Maratha community constitutes around 30% of the state's population.

Mumbai: Maratha quota leaders said on Wednesday that the community members will hold strident protests across Maharashtra on August 9 for the cause. The leaders said they have decided to suspend all communications as part of the protest.

“The state government has not only failed to implement its promises made to the Maratha community before the 2014 assembly elections and in the last four years, but also delayed the procedure of withdrawing police complaints filed against the Maratha youth across the state,” said Vinod Pokharkar, a leader of the Maratha Kranti Morcha.

He accused CM Devendra Fadnavis of not keeping the quota promise. Pokharkar claimed that 2,000 youths from the community were arrested under serious charges in the state, following the agitations held last month. He claimed that not a single police station in districts has received letter asking them to withdraw charges of non-serious nature against the arrested youths.

Police to step up vigil in Maharashtra

  • Police are gearing up to prevent violence during the shutdown. Some parts of the state witnessed violence during the stir last month.
  • There will be a heavy deployment of security forces, especially in sensitive pockets where violence had taken place in state during the earlier agitation.
  • Home Ministry has provided additional security forces to the state.
  • The state police force has a strength of two lakh including the State Reserve Police Force personnel, he said. Home Guards too will be deployed to assist police.
  • There will be video shooting of protests and CCTV footage will help identify criminals.

MKM suspends agitation till November 30

  • Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) has suspended their 21-days long (sit in) agitation till November 30, following a written assurance from the state government.
  • The agitation was going on at Parli town in Beed district from July 18.
  • The organisation said if their demands are not met, they will start agitation again from December 1,2018 at same venue.
  • The coordination committee of Maratha Kranti Morcha met on Wednesday to decide further course of action on Thursday’s proposed bandh.
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