Chakan back to normal; 100 people identified for violence

Mubarak Ansari
Thursday, 2 August 2018

The agitation for Maratha reservation had taken a violent turn in Chakan and Khed areas in the industrial belt of Pune district on Monday

Chakan/Pune: After analysing videos and photographs of violence in Chakan on Monday during Maratha reservation agitation, the Pune rural police have identified 100 people till Wednesday. Now, search has been launched to nab them. The police said that 22 people were from Rajgurunagar. 

Superintendent of Police (Pune rural) Sandip Patil said that the masterminds are also being identified. “Preliminary investigation has revealed that some locals and outsiders were involved in the violence and rioting. Combing operations have been launched to nab the rioters,” he added. 

Meanwhile, normalcy returned to Chakan on Wednesday. The market was full of people as shops reopened and street vendors had also returned. There was also traffic on all roads including Pune-Nashik Highway. However, the state transport buses were not plying. There was also heavy presence of police in the area. 

Police Inspector Santosh Girigosavi, who has been made in-charge of Chakan police station after injuries to inspector Dhanyakumar Godse, said, “The law and order is under control. Normalcy has fully returned to the area.”

The agitation for Maratha reservation had taken a violent turn in Chakan and Khed areas in the industrial belt of Pune district on Monday. The protesters armed with sticks, iron rods and fuel cans had set on fire about 20 vehicles and damaged 70 other vehicles. They had also blocked the Pune-Nashik Highway. Eight cops including three officers had sustained injuries in stone pelting. 

The police have registered case against 4,000 to 5,000 people. Besides Indian Penal Code sections related to rioting, unlawful, assault, damage to property, the police have also invoked section Highways Act for blocking the highway traffic and National Green Tribunal (NGT) Act for burning tyres. In the FIR, police have estimated the loss to property between Rs 8 to 10 crore.

Action against police too 
SP Sandip Patil has appealed to people to approach him if any police officer or constable demands money not to include their name in the rioting case even if they are not involved.

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