Pune: About 50 Maratha protesters were detained when they refused to leave the Pune district collector’s office till Thursday night, even after giving their memorandum and assurances from their leaders.
The Maratha Kranti Morcha leaders had announced the end of protest at 2 pm, but some other groups stayed there and forcefully entered the collector’s office premises by climbing over the gate. They broke the window glass of the security cabin but failed to break the fibreglass at the gate even after repeated attempts. Though police, home guards and State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) personnel were present in large numbers they didn’t use force to disperse the crowd till 8 pm. The police resorted to mild lathi charge and detained over 50 protesters.
Police Commissioner Dr K Venkatesham said, “The protesters had indulged in vandalism at the collector’s office. Some of them entered the office premises also. There were discussions between our officers and the protesters for several hours and the situation was brought under control.”
There was a complete shutdown in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad except for medical stores and some grocery shops. The protesters indulged in vandalism at a vegetable market in Somwar Peth and ransacked some vegetable stalls. They also forced Saraswat Bank officials to down the shutters.
A PMPML bus was damaged on Laxmi Road due to stone pelting. Some vehicles were damaged in Market Yard and Pimpri Chinchwad also.
Joint CP Shivaji Bodkhe said, “We are identifying miscreants with the help of video footages and photos, and action will be taken against them as per law. Some protesters had violated norms at the collector’s office also and we will take action against them.”