Mumbai: A member of the Dhangar community tried to throw black powder at Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde in Satara on Friday. Tawde was in the Western Maharashtra city, about 250 km from here, for an event, when a person, later identified by police as Maruti Jankar, approached him with black powder and attempted to throw it at him.
Jankar was immediately detained, the Satara police told PTI. The black powder in question is known as ‘bukka’ in local parlance and used at auspicious occasions. For long, the Dhangar community members have been demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutes. Some days back, some members of the community had allegedly thrown yellow powder (‘bhandara’) on Tawde at a function in Solapur city to press for their demand to rename the Solapur University after Ahilyabai Holkar, a medieval-era queen of the Maratha ruled Malwa kingdom.
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