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Maratha groups call for shutdown over demand for 16 pc reservation; security stepped up


Maratha groups call for shutdown over demand for 16 pc reservation; security stepped up

The Maharashtra state Maratha Kranthi Morcha (MKM) coordination committee on Thursday called for a day-long shutdown, demanding 16 per cent Maratha reservation, across the eight districts of Marathwada region as well as other parts of the state barring Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane. Government has escalated the security across the state and the region since protests held by Maratha groups last month had witnessed large-scale violence and arson in various parts of the state. Government has deployed SRPF platoons, RAF, Striking force, QRT and local police to avoid any untoward incident during the shutdown.

Decision in this regard was taken here in a meeting on Wednesday which was attended by the 32 state districts including MKM coordinators among several others from Aurangabad district in which number of issues were discussed related to the Maratha community reservation.

MKM has launched their agitation for reservation two years back and actively stepped up their protest for last 21 days at various parts of the state in which so far 28 people have committed suicides.

In the Marathawada region as a precautionary measures all the schools establishment ,public transport, markets will remain shut during the shutdown.

Maharashtra state road transport (MSRTC) also decided to suspend their services as precautionary measures as numbers of long destination buses had been cancelled.

Emergency services like essential , medical,transport among others have been exempted from bandh. Cyber cell of police department is keeping an eye on social media to avoid spread of any rumors. MKM has appealed to the young Maratha youths not to take law in their hands and maintain peace during the bandh.

In their meeting the Maratha groups have given ultimatum to the state government that cases that will be lodged against all the Maratha activists during the ongoing agitation should be withdrawn by August 10, otherwise they will intensify their agitation there after across the state by chain hunger strike on each taluka level and from August 15 onwards Maratha community will start one time 'Annatyag'(not taking food) agitation.

However, the state government appealed to MKM coordinators not to call Thursday's bandh as the matter of reservation under sub judiciary and the state government has already submitted an affidavit in Bombay high court on August 7 during the hearing of reservation case in which they stated that that backward commission will submit its final reports on November 15 to the court.