Cops resort to lathi-charge on hearing-impaired youths in Pune

Pune: The Pune Police on Monday launched lathi-charge to disperse the crowd of nearly 11,000 hearing-impaired who were staging a protest outside the Social Welfare Commissionerate here to press for their long-standing demands.

Around 35 of the students from the crowd were injured in the incident while 7 to 8 policemen had also suffered injuries during the protest. The cops also detained around 170 activists working for the Maharashtra Deaf and Dumb Association but later released them. No FIRs were filed against the protesters.

The hearing-impaired youths from across Maharashtra had gathered outside the Social Welfare Commissionerate in Pune near the police commissioner’s office, pressing for their long-standing demands that include right to quality education, prevention of fraudulent distribution of disability certificates to able-bodied individuals and provision of trained interpreters for deaf students.

Where oppositions criticised by political parties, with many slamming the BJP. Meanwhile, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered the Pune police commissioner to submit a detailed report on the matter by Tuesday morning, sources said.

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