Man ends life over Maratha quota demand in Central Maharashtra

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30 Jul 2018

A 35-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train here over the Maratha quota demand, police said today.
The man, identified as Pramod Jaising Hore, had posted a message on his Facebook page and shared a message on WhatsApp yesterday, saying he would be ending his life in support of the reservation demand, Mukundwadi police station's senior inspector Natha Jadhav told news agency PTI. Hore allegedly jumped before the running train in Mukundwadi area here in central Maharashtra late last night, he said.
In his message on Facebook, the man had said in Marathi, "Chala aaj ek Maratha jaatoy, pan kahi tari Maratha arakshanasathi kara, jai jijau-aapla Pramod Patil (today one Maratha is leaving... but do something for the Maratha reservation... )," a police official said. The man, who was preparing for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission exams, later posted another message, saying "Maratha reservation will claim one life", he said.
Many of Hore's friends had requested him not to take the extreme step but he did not pay heed. His body was found on the railway tracks this morning, the official said. On learning about his suicide, a large number of people gathered outside his house. His family members said they will not take possession of the body till the state government takes a final decision on the issue of reservation, over which the Maratha community has been agitating. The man used to run a shop in Mukundwadi and his wife was working as 'gram sevika' (a village-level functionary), Jadhav said. Meanwhile, pro-reservation activists staged a 'rasta roko' (road blockade) on the Jalna Road today to press for their demands.
Meanwhile, violence broke out during the Maratha quota agitation in Chakan town, about 40 kms from here, in Maharashtra today, police said. The protesters indulged in stone-pelting and torched some public transport buses and private vehicles, a senior police officer said. Some police personnel sustained injuries in the stone pelting by the agitators, the officer said. Some Maratha organisations had given a call for a bandh today in Chakan area and a rally was carried out. Quick Response Teams have been moved to the violence affected area, police said.
Marathas, a politically-influential community constituting around 30 per cent of the state's population, have been agitating to press their demand for reservation in jobs and education.