Mumbai, August 8: As the Maratha community in Maharashtra comes together on Wednesday to mark Maratha Kranti Morcha, the state government on Tuesday issued a notification stating that schools in Mumbai city will remain closed on August 9. Apart from that, Mumbai Dabbawalas announced they will not work on Wednesday to support and participate in the Morcha.
The Morcha(rally) is expected to disrupt traffic movement in the city and that could be one reason why schools have been declared shut tomorrow. As per the notification issued by state minister Vinod Tawde, while schools in Mumbai city will remain closed, suburban schools will remain open as usual.
The dabbawala community decided to lend their support to the cause of the protest and hence observe a day off to take part in the rally. Wednesday shall mark the final day of the rally and the Maratha community after 57 silent rallies across the state will come together and participate in this massive rally.
The silent protest which demands justice for the 15-year rape-murder victim, follows a set of guidelines, which includes refraining from any political involvement. According to reports, the guidelines state that if politicians participate in the rally, they must walk behind the protestors and not in front of them.
On the other hand, strict vigilance arrangements have been made by the Mumbai police for Wednesday’s rally. Reports claim that 7,000 police personnel have been deployed along with arrangements to use drones and CCTV to maintain law and order.
The rally is set to begin at 11 am from Byculla zoo and is expected to disrupt traffic massively. Hence, keeping that in mind, the Mumbai police also issued a traffic advisory, reports claimed.