Maratha quota agitation: Internet services suspended in Navi Mumbai after protesters resort to arson

Mumbai: Internet services in the Navi Mumbai township have been suspended since early on Thursday, a police official said.

The decision was taken in the wake of the situation in areas like Kopar Khairane, which witnessed violence during the Maratha quota agitation day, he said.

The situation in Kopar Khairane was still tense, the official said.

Protesters during the Maratha Morcha on Wednesday. PTI

Protesters during the Maratha Morcha on Wednesday. PTI

On Wednesday evening, the police had lobbed teargas shells and used baton-charge in Kopar Khairane area after a group of protesters stoned vehicles, clashed with local people and resorted to arson. Miscreants had also set fire to a police outpost.

The incidents took place after the Maratha organisations, seeking reservations in government jobs and education, had called off the bandh. A group of protesters who were returning home last night had hurled stones at vehicles of local people in Kopar Khairane, a police official earlier said.

Later, some members of local communities had gathered at the spot and clashed with protesters, he said.

The mob then hurled stones in which some offices and shops were damaged.

They also set fire to a police chowky (outpost) near D-Mart supermarket in Sector 6.

Five to six cars and over a dozen two-wheelers parked in front of the chowky were also vandalised and torched. A hotel was set on fire in Sector 3, the official said.

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Updated Date: Jul 26, 2018 17:50:20 IST

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