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Maratha groups claim to back Dalit protests

DNMUM404636 | 1/4/2018 | Author : Sudhir Suryawanshi | WC :252

BHIMA PROTESTS

Despite the exposed fault lines between Dalits and Marathas that led to the Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday, at least two Maratha groups claimed they had extended their support for the statewide shutdown.
Leaders of the Sambhaji Brigade and Sakal Maratha Samaj said their organisations had extended support to the strike, and had decided not to be divided along caste lines in the future, either.
Purshattam Khedekar, president of Maratha Seva Sangh, said he had given whole-hearted support for the bandh, called by Prakash Ambedkar, leader of Bharip Bhahujan Mahasangh.
“However, Maharashtra government should immediately arrest Manohar Bhide and Milind Ekbote who were the masterminds behind the Bhima-Koregaon clashes in whic
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