There were incidents of stone pelting at over 250 places and 198 incidents of arson, he said. The Bombay High Court had on Tuesday urged the Maratha community members to refrain from resorting to violence or committing suicide over their demand for reservation in government jobs and education. Around 20 policemen, including eight officers, were injured in stone-pelting by protesters at Kopar Khairane and Kalamboli. "Fadnavis is trying to dilute the intensity of the agitation," he said. "It will be a state-wide bandh, excluding Navi Mumbai. Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the states population, have been demanding 16 per cent reservation.A leader of the organisation said the protest would be held in a peaceful manner from 8 am to 6 pm.
"We are also making an appeal to Maratha youths to stay away from violence. We have no intention to cause a contempt of court. We will not indulge in any aggressive protest and there will be no damage to public properties," he assured..These videos and CCTV footage will help police identify criminals and mischief-mongers who may try to take advantage and indulge in violence, the official said.Violence had also erupted at Chakan near Pune during the Maratha quota agitation in the last week of July. The coordinators of Maratha morcha from Navi Mumbai can participate in the agitation in Mumbai," he said. Jadhavrao said, "It will be a peaceful protest from 8 am to 6 pm. Meanwhile, police in Maharashtra are gearing up to prevent violence during the bandh called by Maratha organisations demanding reservations on August 9, an official said here.
The agitation, however, turned violent after a 27-year-old protester jumped to his death in Godavari river near Aurangabad on July 23. More than Rs 4.5 crore-worth public and private property was damaged within 10 days, a police official said. I appeal to my fellow Maratha youths to desist from committing suicides.The community had earlier taken out silent marches across the state to highlight their demands, prominent among them being that of reservation." "But meetings were held in Aurangabad and Mumbai, where rest of the Maratha groups expressed their willingness to go ahead with the bandh. The HC was hearing a PIL filed by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, seeking quota and directions to the backward classes commission to submit its recommendations to the state on entitlement of such quota expeditiously. According to police, between July 18 and 27, 276 cases of violence were registered across the state during the quota agitation. "Fadnavis should give a time-bound China kids umbrellas factory programme for giving quota to the community on his letterhead and we will withdraw our agitation," Jadhavrao said.Jadhavrao alleged that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was talking to only a handful of Marathas and trying to create confusion within the community."A number of people from the community had earlier committed suicide in support of the quota demand.Commenting on different views expressed by separate Maratha groups in the last few days, he said, "The confusion was created after the agitators in Parli (in Beed district) suddenly decided to withdraw their agitation. "We have given a call for a peaceful agitation.
Parts of Maharashtra, especially Koparkhairane and Kalamboli in Navi Mumbai, had witnessed violence during the Maratha quota stir late last month.There would be a heavy deployment of security personnel, especially in sensitive pockets where violence had taken place during the agitation earlier, a senior police official said. All the essential services, schools and colleges have been excluded from the bandh," Amol Jadhavrao, a leader of Sakal Maratha Samaj told reporters."Due to some sensitive issues, we have decided not to observe bandh in Navi Mumbai," he said.Another Maratha faction has given a call to only hold a sit-in outside the Mumbai suburban district collectors office.
Four policemen had been injured in stone-pelting during the protest at Chakan, where the mob also damaged nearly sixty vehicles, including state and civic-run buses and police jeeps. There would be videographing of protests.Mumbai: Sakal Maratha Samaj, an umbrella body of Maratha groups, on Wednesday said a bandh would be observed across Maharashtra, except Navi Mumbai, on Thursday to press for the communitys demand for reservation. Hence, tomorrow we are going to observe bandh," Jadhavrao said. It is not going to help the community and its cause.A protester, injured in the violence in Navi Mumbai, had succumbed to his injuries.