Chakan/Pune: Officials of Pune rural police on Tuesday said that ‘outsiders’ infiltrated the Maratha reservation agitation and indulged in rioting in Chakan on Monday.
A day after the violence, the situation was peaceful but tense. The police had turned Chakan into a fortress with a large number of police personnel in the area with senior officers camping there. Most shops remained open, while schools and colleges remained closed. Quick Response Teams had been moved to the violence-hit areas, the police said.
‘Outsiders’ hand suspected in violence’
Superintendent of Police (SP) Sandip Patil said that the agitation was peaceful till 12.30 pm. “After that, the crowd split and some people indulged in violence. They damaged vehicles besides pelting stones on police personnel. Some miscreants from adjoining areas and districts could have joined the peaceful protests to disrupt them. The situation in Chakan is now under control. People should not to believe in rumours,” he added.
Some Maratha organisations had given a call for a bandh in Chakan on Monday afternoon and a rally was held. Some protesters indulged in stone pelting and torched public transport buses and private vehicles.
They were armed with fuel cans, iron rods and sticks.
Policeman hid in hospital
Police Naik Ajay Bhapkar was assaulted by a mob near the bus stand. He somehow managed to escape and fled to the second floor of Kulkarni Hospital, where he remained in hiding with head injuries. He was rescued in an ambulance by Surekha Mohite, wife of former MLA Mohite Bhapkar, who was in a civil dress and had been mingling with the crowd and trying to calm them. However, he was caught by a group of youths at around 2.45 pm and was assaulted with iron rods. He received 25 stitches and is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Pune.
Police Inspector Dhanyakumar Godse’s hand and leg were fractured after being hit by stones. Eight police personnel were injured in the stone pelting.
Damage worth Rs 10 crore
SP Patil added that about 35 vehicles were damaged by miscreants, causing a damage of around Rs 8 crore to Rs 10 crore.
The police have registered an FIR against 4,000 to 5,000 unidentified persons for rioting and damaging the properties.
Chakan circle officer Balkrishan Salunkhe said that the process of assessing the total damage to properties is currently going on and it will be completed by Wednesday.