Maratha groups, have called for a shutdown on Tuesday in Maharashtra demanding reservation in government jobs and education.
Much to the relief of common people, the protesting groups have announced that they will not disturb the supply of essential commodities such as milk and vegetables and also public transport would be allowed to run smoothly.
So far, there has been no report of any violence or untoward incident due to the bandh called a day after a 27-year-old protester jumped to his death in Godavari river Aurangabad.
Kakasaheb Shinde, a resident of Kaygaon village in Aurangabad district, jumped off a bridge over Godavari river, police said. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead, they said.
The incident came a day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he was cancelling his visit, scheduled today, to a temple in Pandharpur after protesting Maratha outfits threatened to disrupt the event.
Shinde’s death triggered a fresh set of protests in several parts of Maharashtra, with opposition leaders seeking to put the onus on the BJP-led government in the state.
Protesters 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.>