Gadchiroli (Maha), May 1: Hundreds of pro Vidarbha activists seeking separate statehood, today hoisted a flag of ‘separate Vidarbha’ on the Maharashtra Day. While Maharashtra Day was being celebrated across the state, hundreds of workers seeking separate statehood for Vidarbha gathered at the Indira Square here and unfurled the flag despite strict police security on the spot.(Also Read: Separate statehood for Vidarbha not financially viable: Prithviraj Chavan)

The activists also wore black badges in protest against a joint Maharashtra and shouted slogans in support of a separate Vidarbha state. Police however detained all the workers for violating prohibitory orders and later released them. Those who participated in the agitation included Suresh Poreddiwar, Namdeorao Gadpalliwar, Arun Munghate and others.