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Police readying to deal with fresh Maratha protests on Aug 9

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Police in are gearing up to prevent violence during the (shut-down) called by organisations demanding reservations on August 9, an said here.

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 said.

The has provided additional security forces to the state.

"We had demanded 15 companies. But the Centre has sent seven companies -- six of (RAF) and one company of (CISF)," the said.

The has a strength of two lakh including the personnel, he said.

Home Guards too will be deployed to assist police, he said.

"People will be allowed to stage protests peacefully. We are appealing people not to take law into their hands and not to believe any kinds of rumours," he said.

If they find any suspicious activity, it should be reported to the police immediately, he said.

There would be video shooting of protests. 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.

Marathwada and Western as well as Navi Mumbai and Thane near Mumbai had witnessed maximum violence during the called by organisations last month, he said.


July 18 to 27, 276 cases of violence were registered across the state during the quota agitation. There were incidents of stone pelting at over 250 places and 198 incidents of arson, he said.

More than Rs 4.5 crore-worth public and private property was damaged within 10 days, the official said.

The politically dominant community is agitating for reservation in jobs and education. Maratha organisations have called for a new round of protests from August 9.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 20:00 IST