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Maratha Kranti activists not involved in ransacking of industrial

Maratha Kranti activists not involved in ransacking of industrial

Giving a clean chit to MKMactivists, city police commissioner Chiranjeevi Prasad on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of involvement of the Maratha KrantiMorcha (MKM) activists in alleged ransacking of a number of industrial units at Waluj industrial estate, near Aurangabad city,during the state-wide 'bandh' (shut down) called by MKM on Augustine for the demand of reservation. Addressing a news conference here at CP office, he said that their investigation into the incident has so far revealed that MKM activists were not involved in the act of ransacking and that it was the work of anti-social elements, he pointed out.

Mr Prasad further said that as MKM agitation was for a social cause, there was not any possibility of their involvement in act of violence and ransacking of industrial units. He further said that police were carefully monitoring the footage of all close circuit TV cameras in area and after in-depth inquiry, the culprits would be arrested. Police have so far arrested 53 accused persons in connection of violence and have registered seven first information reports (FIRs)in this regard, the police chief added.

It may be recalled that during the 'bandh' on August 9, at least 70industrial units in Waluj MIDC were allegedly ransacked and a number of vehicles were set ablaze by the protesters, leading to losses running into several crores of rupees. Even the Industrial Association has also registered a case at the Waluj MIDC police station in this regard and vowed not to give job to anyone found involved in act of ransacking.

They have also urged the state government to not grant any kind of benefits, including job, to such accused persons. However, the MKM has already condemned the incident of ransacking and demanded a CID inquiry into it.

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