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Man commits suicide in Beed; 5th death over Maratha quota demand

Police said the man, in a suicide note, wrote that he is taking the extreme step in support of Maratha reservation demand.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2018 16:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Maratha Kranti Morcha protesters block a road as police personnel keep a watch during a district bandh, in Solapur, Maharashtra on July 30.(PTI Photo)

Tension gripped Maharashtra’s Beed district on Tuesday morning, after a 35-year-old man committed suicide to push for reservations for the Maratha community.

Police said Abhijit Deshmukh (35) hanged himself near his home at Vida village. His suicide note stated that he was taking the extreme step due to surmounting debt and the delay in fulfilling the reservation demand.

At least five youths from the community have killed themselves over the last one week to push for quotas in jobs and education. “We have been meeting community leaders and youths, and appealing that they don’t resort to violence or extreme measures such as suicide. The protests at nine places in eight districts of Marathwada will continue in a peaceful manner,” said Maratha Kranti Morcha coordinator Dnyaneshwar Patil.

Patil confirmed that Deshmukh’s death was linked to the Maratha reservation issue.

The region remains tense amid a sit-in protest by Maratha outfits, which has now entered its 14th day, and a Jalasamadhi agitation at the Manyar dam in Parla village.

The Maratha groups have refused to withdraw the protest until all their demands – including reservations for the community – are met. Besides conducting sit-in protests across Marathwada and western Maharashtra, various outfits have resolved to launch a non-cooperation agitation by not paying utility bills. They have also threatened to picket the houses of MLAs and MPs across the state.

Chakan in Pune district witnessed violent protests on Monday, a week after agitations engulfed Navi Mumbai. “The protest will continue until our demands are met. We have repeatedly asked our community members to stick to peaceful agitations,” said Shantaram Kunjir, one of the coordinators of the Maratha Kranti Morcha.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 14:15 IST