Deadly caste violence hits Indian state

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MUMBAI (AFP) – Violent clashes between police and the Maratha community demanding quotas for government jobs erupted in the western state of Maharashtra for a third day on Wednesday. More than 30,000 police were deployed across the state for the day’s protests, which started in the city of Thane and have spread to nearby Mumbai and other areas. The community, which make up about 30 percent of Maharashtra’s population of 110 million, has for years been pressing for more reserved jobs in the government and education. A rally by hundreds of thousands paralysed Mumbai last year.

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