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Protests demanding job quotas for Indian group turn violent

July 30, 2018

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say hundreds of people demanding quotas in employment and education for India’s Maratha minority have burned buses, blocked a highway and attacked police with rocks. An unknown number were injured.

Police reinforcements dispersed the angry protesters belonging to the Maratha Revolutionary Front in western Maharashtra state, whose capital is Mumbai. The violence occurred Monday in Chakan, 145 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Mumbai.

The Press Trust of India news agency said a 35-year-old man killed himself by jumping in front of a train in Aurangabad, another city in the state. It said police officer Natha Jadhav said the protester posted a message on his Facebook page saying he was ending his life to support his demand for job quotas.

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