Maratha protests: Road leading to Hinjewadi IT Park blocked at Wakad
Supporting the demands of the Marathas, the Agricultural produce market committee (APMC) in Pune kept the wholesale market at Market Yard shut on Monday.Updated: Jul 31, 2018 16:47 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune The Maratha Kranti Morcha protest in Wakad on Monday morning blocked the road leading to the Hinjewadi IT park, causing a major inconvenience to employees at the IT park for over two hours.
The protests were held to reiterate a demand for reservations for the Maratha community.
Supporting the demands of the Marathas, the Agricultural produce market committee (APMC) in Pune kept the wholesale market at Market Yard shut on Monday.
Given the violence at the protests in Chakan, police deployed additional forces across the city to keep the situation under control.
Kishore Mhaswade, senior police inspector, said,"We had already informed all IT companies about the protests, so because of the prior information, companies asked staff to avoid the road.”
“Traffic coming from Wakad, phases 1, 2 and 3, was stopped by protesters between 11 am to 1 pm. We managed to divert traffic to minimise impact," Mhaswade said.
Satish Pai, president, Hinjewadi Industries Association (HIA), said,"There was limited impact on IT companies because as per prior information, IT employees used Chande-Nande,Sus road to reach the IT park on Monday."
At Market Yard, there was no arrival of trucks carrying vegetables and fruits in Pune on Monday. APMC administrator B J Deshmukh said,"To support Maratha reservations, we kept Market Yard closed for one day.”
In Hinjewadi, some protesters told local shopkeepers and business units to also pull down their shutters.
First Published: Jul 31, 2018 16:46 IST