Maratha quota issue: Bombay HC orders state government to submit final report by Nov 15

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The Bombay High Court (HC) on September 11 has set November 15 as the last date for the Maharashtra government to submit its complete report on the agitations that broke out in the state over the Maratha reservation issue and also asked Backward Class Commission to provide the court with progress reports after every four weeks until the deadline.

The state government today submitted its progress report to the court, which was finalized on the basis of data collected by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission and five other agencies. The data was analyzed over 45,000 families belonging to the Maratha community

On August 10, the Pune police arrested a total of 194 persons who were part of arson and rioting during the Maratha quota agitation. As many as 192 accused were produced in the court on the same day, 170 of whom were granted bail on August 14.

Massive protest and violence erupted in the city during a state-wide bandh that was called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, demanding reservation in government jobs and education.

Nearly eight people have committed suicide in the past two months, linking their decision to the Maratha quota demand.

The HC was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, one of the organizations spearheading the agitation over the demand for reservation to the community in jobs and education.