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Maratha stir: Protesters burnt bus of Gujrati school students

The bus was also carrying five teachers and was travelling from Ankleshwar to Navodaya Vidyalaya in Sangli for the cricket selections scheduled to be held July 31.

pune Updated: Aug 01, 2018 15:43 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Several schools and colleges in town were shut as a precautionary measure after Maratha community protest turned violent in Chakan in Pune on Tuesday.(HT PHOTO)

Pune Forty-seven students from Gujarat were on their way to Sangli to take part in cricket selections across states, were stuck in Chakan on Monday, after the bus they were travelling in was set on fire by protestors.

The students - between the ages of 15- and 16-years-old were in Chakan for 12 hours after their bus was torched.

The bus was also carrying five teachers and was travelling from Ankleshwar to Navodaya Vidyalaya in Sangli for the selections scheduled to be held July 31. As soon as they reached Chakan at 11 am, they were initially stuck in traffic due to the highway blockade. Minutes later, protestors came to their bus, instructed all to get down and then set it on fire.

"We were waiting for the road to clear, but a group of protesters came and started vandalising our bus.Immediately, with the help of locals, we managed to escape.Thanks to the locals who gave us food," said school teacher Vipul Patel.

“With the help of locals and police, we managed to dispatch them in another vehicle,” Tejaswini Satpute, additional superintendent of police, Pune rural, said.

First Published: Aug 01, 2018 15:42 IST