Internet services suspended in Navi Mumbai amid Maratha protests
(Sourced from PTI)
Internet services in Mumbai's neighboring Navi Mumbai township have been suspended since early morning today, a police official said. The decision was taken in the wake of the situation in areas like Kopar Khairane in Navi Mumbai, which witnessed violence during the Maratha quota agitation yesterday, he said. The situation in Kopar Khairane was still tense.
Last evening, the police had lobbed teargas shells and used baton-charge in Kopar Khairane after a group of protesters stoned vehicles, clashed with local people and indulged in arson. Miscreants had also set fire to a police outpost. The incidents took place after the Maratha organizations, seeking reservations in government jobs and education, had called off the bandh.
Another police official said that a group of protesters, who were returning home last night, had hurled stones at vehicles of local people in Kopar Khairane. 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 also damaged.
Protesters set fire to a police outpost near D-Mart supermarket in Sector 6. Five-six cars and over a dozen two-wheelers parked in front of the outpost were also vandalized and torched. A hotel was set on fire in Sector 3, the official said.