Mumbai: A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated his government’s commitment to granting a quota for the Maratha community, two more persons -– one from Aurangabad and the other from Pune district — committed suicide allegedly over the Maratha quota issue on Friday. Umesh Atmaram Indait, 22, a resident of Aurangabad’s Chikalthana area, allegedly hanged himself in his house in the city’s Choudhary Colony.
In the second case, Dattatrey Tukaram Shinde, 34, a resident of Purandar, reportedly threw himself in front of a train at the Daundaj railway station, said police sources. Both had allegedly written suicide notes attributing the cause of the death to the government’s ‘delay’ in granting reservation to the Maratha community. With these, the number of suicides, where the police have attributed the cause to be the reservation issue, has risen to six. A suicide note allegedly written by Indait cites unemployment as the cause behind his taking the extreme step. “I could not fulfil the dreams of my parents. I am jobless even after completing my B.Sc.,” the note read.