Mumbai: Exactly a year after the Maratha protest march, the grand Maratha Kranti Silent March in which demands for reservations in jobs and education among other things are being made for Maratha community, is all set to storm Mumbai on Wednesday.
The State capital has virtually become a fortress with heavy police bandobast across the metropolis.
Wednesday’s rally is expected to have five lakh participants from Maratha community, informed the city police on Tuesday. The traffic in the city is set to witness massive disturbance and at least 7,000 cops have been deployed on Wednesday.
“It is the 58th silent morcha by the Maratha community in Maharashtra in the last one year. The rallies have come as a response to the brutal rape and murder of a
14-year-old girl belonging to Maratha community in Kopardi in July 2016,” said Virendra Pawar, Coordinator of the ‘Maratha Kranti Silent March’.
The organisers have placed a list of 15 demands before the government, of which some have been fulfilled. “We held 57 silent marches in the last one year, but it seems the State government isn’t very serious about the community. But, all political parties have supported us and many MLAs have also assured us of their participation,” said Bhaiya Patil, in-charge of the social media wing.
-When and where: The morcha will start at 11 am from Byculla Zoo and end at 5 pm at Azad Maidan. A delegation will go to Vidhan Bhavan to meet CM Devendra Fadnavis and hand over a memorandum.
- Traffic diversion: The Mumbai police has diverted traffic from Sir JJ Road, Mohammed Ali Road and the JJ Flyover up to CST and the Hazarimal Somani Marg.
- Schools closed: A circular was issued, appealing to all schools in affected areas to remain shut.
- Dabba service: The dabbawalas had announced solidarity with the morcha and have decided to shut their operations for the day.
- Police bandobast: Over 7,000 cops will be on duty in Mumbai. There will be a strong police presence on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway & Old Mumbai-Pune Highway.