Mumbai: A day after the statewide shutdown called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha paralyzed Marathwada, parts of western Maharashtra and North Maharashtra, including Nashik and Ahmednagar district, remained restive on Wednesday, with the agitation turning hostile in Satara district. The Superintendent of Police, along with two other policemen were injured after a mob began stone-pelting along the Satara highway.
Meanwhile, a man, Jagannath Sonawane, 55, who had consumed poison in Aurangabad on Tuesday when the reservation protest was going on, died in a hospital. Sonawane committed suicide over domestic issues, claimed Aurangabad Superintendent of Police Arti Singh, adding, he was not part of the protest.
“One of the stones shattered the SP’s car and injured his hand, while two other security men suffered injuries while trying to control the mob. Both are undergoing treatment at a local hospital and are said to be out of danger,” informed police sub-inspector (PSI) V.G. Kubde, from Satara. Two police vehicles were damaged in the melee as demonstrators shut off the Pune-Satara highway. There were reports of vandalism from the district’s Karad taluka as well.
In Ahmednagar district, an incensed mob hurled stones at the residence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Dinesh Gandhi, while in Nanded, an activist belonging to the Maratha outfit ‘Chhava Sanghatana’ attempted suicide. “The man, identified as Punjabrao Kale, had climbed atop a Shivaji statue and was about to jump off the railings. However, he was saved in the nick of time and taken into custody,” said a police official. Incidents of vandalism were reported from a number of points in Ahmednagar district. A vehicle belonging to the State Forest Department was smashed and overturned by a mob in Karjat, while a gang damaged a two-wheeler showroom along the Ahmednagar- Manmad road.