Maharashtra is shutdown today as Maratha organisations protest across the state
The state of Maharashtra is shut down today as a result of bandh called by the Maratha organisations.
Maratha organisations are demanding quota or reservation in government jobs and education for Marathi youth in the state.
The state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced that the government will implement the demand. The CM assured that government will give the Marathas a quota by the end of November 2017.
However, the Maratha leaders did not back off and decided to go ahead with the agitation today.
Security has been increased in sensitive regions such as Pune and Amravati and some other areas as well. The government has also announced that schools and colleges will remain closed in the state for security reasons.
Maharashtra home department has written to the center government asking for 15 companies of central armed police forces to beef up the security in the state.
The shutdown is expected to take place from 8 am to 6 pm and shops and businesses may also remain closed in some areas during the bandh.