Maratha quota stir: Internet services suspended in Navi Mumbai

Mobile Internet services in Navi Mumbai have been suspended since early Thursday morning in the wake of the situation in areas like Koparkhairane, which witnessed violence during the Maratha quota agitation on Wednesday.
As the situation in the area still remained tense, the government asked telecom service providers to temporarily bar mobile Internet services.
“We have requested all network providers to block the Internet services (mobile data) in Navi Mumbai so that there is no spreading of rumours. As of now the request has been made for two days and if required, it will be extended. The situation in Koparkhairane is under control now,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, Tushar Doshi said.
DIG Sandeep Karnik from Mumbai State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) has been deployed to Navi Mumbai since Wednesday night. The post of Joint Commissioner being vacant in Navi Mumbai and increasing tension at Koparkhairane, State Chief DD Padsalgikar sent additional forces with Mr. Karnik as the head for additional security.
According to police sources, Mr. Karnik and team will be there in Navi Mumbai till the situation returns to normalcy.
On Wednesday evening, the police had lobbed teargas shells and used baton-charge in Koparkhairane after a group of protesters pelted stones at vehicles and clashed with local people and indulged in arson.
Miscreants had also set fire to a police outpost.The incidents took place after the Maratha organisations, seeking reservations in government jobs and education, had called off the bandh.
A group of protesters who were returning home last night had hurled stones at vehicles of local people in Kopar Khairane, a police official earlier said. Later, some members of local communities had gathered at the spot and clashed with protesters, he said.
The mob then hurled stones in which some offices and shops were damaged. They also set fire to a police outpost near D-Mart supermarket in sector six. Five to six cars and over a dozen two-wheelers parked in front of the outpost were also vandalised and torched.
A hotel was also set on fire in sector three, the official added.