Maharashtra bandh Live Updates: Protests intensified across Maharashtra after agitators set a truck ablaze in Aurangabad’s Gangapur and two persons tried to commit suicide. The agitating outfits are demanding for reservation in government jobs and education, and martyr’s status for Shinde. The state-wide bandh on Tuesday, July 24 was called a day after the death of 27-year-old protester Kakasaheb Shinde who jumped in the river.
The community claims despite assurances state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, no concrete steps have been taken so far. The Maratha groups, however, will not stop public transport and emergency services from operating. On Monday, the Maratha agitation took a tragic turn after a Shinde jumped to his death in Godavari river near Aurangabad. The youth’s death triggered a fresh set of protests in several parts of the state, with opposition leaders seeking to put the onus on the BJP-led government in the state.
As protests intensify across the state, members of Maratha Kranti Morcha set a truck ablaze in Aurangabad’s Gangapur. The agitators have been demanding reservation for Maratha community in government jobs and education.
Protesters on Monday blocked the Ahmednagar-Aurangabad highway and damaged a dozen vehicles, including a police van and a bus, in Gangakhed tehsil of Parbhani district. They refused to take possession of Shinde’s body and demanded the resignation of Fadnavis. They held a sit-in protest at the Gangapur police station in Aurangabad district, demanding that criminal case be filed against the Chief Minister over Shinde’s death. Seeking immediate announcement of reservations for the Maratha community, the protesters also sought a compensation of Rs 50 lakh for Shinde’s family.
Two people tried to commit suicide during the ongoing Maratha stir. According to news agency ANI, one Jayant Sonavne tried to attempt suicide by jumping into the river. The second person, Jagannath Sonavne alias Guddu, consumed poison in Deogaon Rangari in Aurangabad. Both have been admitted to the hospital.
Maharashtra bandh Live Updates: We will observe a peaceful bandh tomorrow. Thane, Navi Mumbai, Raigad to be bandh tomorrow. Schools and colleges will not be included in this bandh as we do not intend to trouble anyone: Maratha Kranti Samaj