Maharashtra: Activist climbs phone tower in Nagpur to protest, alights after 4 hours

26 September,2023 06:22 PM IST |  Nagpur  |  mid-day online correspondent

The New Kamptee police in Nagpur, Maharashtra told the activist they have taken note of his demands and persuaded him to end his protest, an official said

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In a shocking incident in Maharashtra's Nagpur, a man claiming to be an activist climbed atop a mobile phone tower to highlight his demands for development of his native Kamptee town in Nagpur district and seek launch of various projects, police said on Tuesday, reported the PTI.

The police said that the man ended his protest after four hours.

According to the news agency, a police official said that the man identified as Umesh Bhokre, an activist of the Kamtee Nagar Vikas Kruti Samiti, climbed atop the mobile tower opposite Orange City park near here at around 4 pm on Monday.

When local residents sought to know the reason for his protest, Bhokre threw down a bunch of pamphlets which listed his demands related to Kamptee town.

A few supporters of the activist also gathered near the tower.

The demands listed by Bhokre included beautification of the stretch between Jai Sambha and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar statue in Kamptee, laying down underground drainage lines, construction of a sports complex, reopening of Sunday market and setting up of a children's park in the town, among others.

The New Kamptee police told the activist they have taken note of his demands and persuaded him to end his protest.

Bhokre finally got down from the tower at around 8 pm.

Meanwhile, the Bengaluru bandh called by farmers and Kannada organisations on Tuesday and backed by the BJP and JD(S) in protest against the release of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu evoked partial response, with most of the public services functioning normally, but fewer people venturing out.

'Karnataka Jala Samrakshana Samiti,' an umbrella outfit of farmers' associations and other organisations led by farmer leader Kuruburu Shanthakumar, has given the call for today's dawn-to-dusk (6 am to 6 pm) Bengaluru shutdown.

Shanthakumar and other leaders of the 'Karnataka Jala Samrakshana Samiti were detained by the police at the Mysuru Bank circle, as they were trying to hold a protest march towards Town Hall.

Several activists of Kannada organisations were also whisked away by the police at Town Hall, as they gathered there to stage a protest.

(with PTI inputs)

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