Police resort to lathi charge, use tear gas shells to disperse protesters in Pune

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Railway authorities cancelled three passenger trains and short-terminated four other as incidents of blockade and stone pelting were reproted from Nanded division of the South Central Railway.
Train no 11014 Bengaluru-Lokmanya Tilak Terminus was halted at Lonavala station for over 15 minutes in the afternoon after close to 200 activists stopped the train. The protest outside Pune district collectorate turned violent after the members of morcha left the office after submitting a memorendum, News18 reported. Some members outside turned started vandalising the property.
Sources told News18 that some of the agitators scaled a wall at the collector’s office and shouted slogans in support of their demands. The protesters apparently wanted the collector to come out of his office and accept the memorandum and since he did not do so, they resorted to vandalism. In the ongoing Maratha agitation, police had to resort to lathi charge and fire tear gas shells to disperse the protestors in Pune’s Chandni Chowk.
The pro-quota Marathas had called for a state-wide bandh to demand reservation. Internet services have been suspended in seven rural tehsils of Pune district. In Nagpur, protesters tried to block the Mankapur Ring Road. They also attempted to stop a train but after the Railway Protection Force intervened, they couldn’t succeed.
Agitation in Maharashtra turned violent as protestors enter offices of IT companies in Hinjewadi and Kothrud located in Pune. Protestors pelted stones and asked employees to leave, reports News18. There is complete bandh in Hinjewadi village which is home to Rajiv Gandhi IT park. All shops and offices are closed in the village except those of essential services like medical shops, clinics and hospitals, The Times of India has reported. Additional personnel have been deployed in Aurangabad, as the district witnessed violent protests during the last agitation,The Indian Express reported.
“These districts are the most sensitive and have witnessed sporadic violent protests since July 19.

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