Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: A 25-year-old man allegedly committed suicide in Hingoli district of Maharashtra on Thursday and left behind a note linking his extreme step to the ongoing stir seeking reservation for the Maratha community in jobs and education, a police official said.
Krishna Kalyankar hanged himself from a tree in his farm in Akhada Balapur village in the morning, he said.
Kalyankar came to his farm at around 7 am and the police were informed about his suicide at 9.30 am, said the official.
“We found a suicide note in his pocket. In the note, it was written ‘I am committing suicide due to Maratha reservation’,” he told PTI.
A police team reached the suicide spot and sent the body to a government hospital for post-mortem examination, added the official.
In the last few months, there have been multiple reports of Maratha community members committing suicide in different parts of the state in support of quota demand.
In a fresh around of agitation, Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange on Wednesday morning started another hunger strike seeking reservation for his community in jobs and education under the OBC category.
Jarange (40) launched his indefinite fast at Antarwali Sarati village in Jalna district as the 40-day ‘deadline’ he had set before the Maharashtra government to provide reservation to the community came to an end on October 24.
The activist had launched an indefinite fast in August-end and ended the protest on the 17th day after the state government assured to look into his demand.
(Published 26 October 2023, 15:28 IST)