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Second protester dies in Aurangabad hospital

THE ASIAN AGE. | AMEY TIRODKAR
Published : Jul 26, 2018, 1:29 am IST
Updated : Jul 26, 2018, 1:29 am IST

The news of his death spread quickly and furious protesters upped the ante in Marathwada.

Smoke billows from a burning tyre during a protest rally where agitators demanded reservation for Marathas at Neknoor village in Beed. (Photo: PTI)
 Smoke billows from a burning tyre during a protest rally where agitators demanded reservation for Marathas at Neknoor village in Beed. (Photo: PTI)

Mumbai: The statewide agitation, demanding reservation for the Maratha community, saw another victim on Wednesday. Jagannath Vishwanath Sonavane, a 50-year-old protester, who had consumed poison on Tuesday, died in a hospital on Wednesday in Aurangabad.  The news of his death spread quickly and furious protesters upped the ante in Marathwada.

Mr Sonavane, a Devgaon Rangari tehsil resident, had consumed poison during the Maratha Kranti Morcha’s agitation for reservation.

Mr Sonavane was immediately taken to a hospital by fellow protesters as well as police. He was admitted in a hospital in Aurangabad district where he died on Wednesday morning. It is the second death in the agitation. Earlier, Kakasaheb Shinde, a 28-year-old youth from Aurangabad, had jumped into the Godavari River and died.

Mr Shinde's death fuelled more anger and protesters became aggressive on Wednesday. MKM activists came onto the roads across Marathwada, protesting against the death of Mr Sonavane and for reservation. They blocked the Aurangabad-Jalana road, and the agitation spread to Parbhani, Jalana, Ghanavangi, Paithan and other cities of Marathwada. The stir also reached Nanded district where the police registered FIRs against 300 protesters for blocking roads.

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