A 21-year-old unemployed man, belonging to the Maratha community, allegedly committed suicide by hanging in Aurangabad city of Maharashtra today, the police said.
Umesh Atmaram Indait hanged himself at his house in Choudhary Colony in Chikalthana area this afternoon, a senior police official said.
As Maratha organisations are agitating for reservation in jobs and education for the community, at least six cases of suicide by young Maratha men were reported in the last two weeks.
In all these cases, the victims purportedly mentioned that they were ending life for the cause of the quota, or because they were frustrated because of lack of job and education opportunities, the police said.
The purported suicide note by Indait said he was jobless.
“I did not fulfil the dreams of my parents. I am still jobless even though after completing my B.Sc because I belong to the Maratha community,” it said.
After a photograph of the suicide note found its way on social media platforms, hundreds of protesters gathered on Jalna Road in the city.
Some of them tried to block the road and there was stone-pelting, the police officer said.
Suicides till now:
23 July: Kakasaheb Shinde (27) who was a driver, jumped into the Godavari river off the Kannad village in Gangapur tehsil of Aurangabad district
24 July: Jagganath Sonawane (55), consumed poison at the Devgaon Rangari village in Aurangabad-Mumbai road.
30 July: Pramod Jaising Hore (35), jumped in front of a train at Mukundwadi in Aurangabad district
31 July: Abhijit Deshmukh (30), an unemployed science graduate hanged himself from a tree outside his house in Beed district
31 July: Kachru Kalyane (35) hanged himself from the ceiling of his home in Nanded district
24 July: Shyam Katgaonkar (50), died of a heart attack while on bandobast at Kaigaon in Aurangabad district
25 July: Rajan Todakar (19), a protestor who got injured in Navi Mumbai violence, died in JJ Hospital. He hailed from Satara