Pune bandh: Protestors damage 8 city buses | Varanasi blast: Forensic team look for samples at site
PUNE: About eight city buses were damaged by agitators as Shiv Sena-BJP sponsored Pune Bandh, called to protest against the removal of the statue of Dadoji Kondadev, a historical figure, started on a violent note today.
The saffron alliance had given a call for Bandh today after NCP-Congress ruled Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) removed the statue of Dadoji from the sculpture at "Lal Mahal" yesterday ,pursuant to a resolution passed by the civic body to that effect.
The decision followed a persistent demand for a pro-Maratha outfit "Sambhaji Brigade".
The agitators also tried to disrupt rail traffic at Lonavala on Mumbai-Pune section of the central railway, sources said.
Police who have stepped up security measures in the city and district, detained some Sena workers as preventive measure.
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Naxals take potshots at winter session
NAGPUR: The Naxalites are expectedly making the ongoing winter assembly session in Nagpur their target. As a part of People's Liberation of Guerilla Army (PLGA) week starting from Thursday, their anti-government propaganda is likely to pick up pace.
A press communique' of Naxals' Maharashtra State Rajya Committee (MSRC), recently circulated in Gadchiroli, focused on widening rift between Vidarbha and western Maharashtra. The rebels have said the Maharashtra government was favouring growth of western Maharashtra at the cost of Vidarbha`s progress. The Naxals claimed that the ongoing winter session would only accentuate the loss of Vidarabha and its regressive development.
The pamphlet, written in Marathi, is signed by Comrades Kosa, secretary of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee, and Sahayadri, secretary of MRSC. Though it was issued in support of the December 1 Vidarbha bandh call by Vidarbha Rajya Sangram Samiti, the Naxals ensured that they also voiced their deep-rooted bitterness about the session. The rebels said that the decisions taken ostensibly for Vidarbha`s growthduring the winter session every year were only lip service.
They said that the recent visit of the American president Barack Obama to Mumbai had paved the way for the investment of thousands of crores of rupees in infrastructure but would benefit western Maharashtra`s favorite cities Mumbai and Pune and ignore Vidarbha. The rebels also pointed out that several big projects, "funded by the capitalist sources", would be flagged off during the session. The Naxalites also highlighted that the approval of the 32,000 MW thermal power project in Vidarbha would lead to environmental degradation and displacement.
The Naxals have also held the government responsible for the alleged atrocities committed by the central paramilitary forces on tribal population. The rebels alleged that the forces were targeting the students and innocent young girls in the name of action against Naxals. The rebels have pointed out an instance in Charwahi in Gadchiroli where a tribal girl was victimised