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185 people held in Pune for vandalism, violence during Maratha bandh

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

At least 185 people, including five women, were arrested in connection with incidents of vandalism and violence in city during the called by groups over their demand for reservation for the community in government jobs and education, police said today.

They added that some of the protesters hurled stones at the police personnel in the Chandani Chowk area of the city during the stir yesterday.

In another incident, some miscreants went on a rampage after the conveners of the Kranti Morcha (MKM) submitted a memorandum of demands to Naval Kishor Ram. They damaged the main gate of the administrative building at the collector's office, broke the security cabin's glass and some bulbs.

According to the police, the miscreants did not leave the building premises till late evening and were detained after a mild lathicharge.

"While 83 people were arrested in connection with the Chandani Chowk stone-pelting incident, 81 others, including five women, were arrested for the vandalism at the collector's office. Besides, 21 others were arrested for sporadic incidents," of said.

He added that those arrested were "outside elements", who had sneaked into the agitation and resorted to violence.

All the arrested accused have been booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 15:15 IST