Man jumps on Mantralaya safety net as a protest

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

The youth, Laxman Chava from Kothrud, entered onto the safety net on Monday afternoon to protest against the government’s policies. Chavan is the president of Bhartiya Prajasattak Party.  

Mumbai: To seek attention, a youth from Pune staged an innovative protest on the safety net put up in the Mantralaya passage. 

The youth, Laxman Chava from Kothrud, entered onto the safety net on Monday afternoon to protest against the government’s policies. Chavan is the president of Bhartiya Prajasattak Party.  

After the suicide attempt by a youth from Chembur in February, the government had installed a safety net at the building’s second floor level as a precautionary measure. Chembur youth Harshal Raote had jumped from the fifth floor in February and died.
  
Chavan came to Mantralaya with letters, which he handed over to various ministers’ offices and then climbed on to the net from the second floor. Chavan rolled on the safety net and reached the centre of the net. After reaching there, he held some flex banners on the safety net as a form of protest. The incident halted work in the Mantralaya for some time.

He demanded that if the government cannot stop the mother-child mortalities and solve the farmers’ issues, all the ministers should give up the facilities that they are entitled to. 

Police tried to catch him but he started running on the net. After a dramatic chase, the police finally got hold of him with the help of fire brigade personnel and took him to the Marine Drive police station.

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