Mumbai, August 9: The Maratha Kranti Morcha began in Mumbai from Jijamata Udyan in Byculla on Wednesday at 11 am. The silent protest by the Maratha community will end at 5 pm at the Azad Maidan. The protest was being carried out by the Maratha community to demand reservation for Marathas in state-run educational institutions and government jobs, minimum support price for farm produce, and amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The protest started at the Jijamata Udyan, Byculla at 11 am today and lakhs of people have joined the protest. People not only from Mumbai but also from various districts of Maharashtra have joined the protest in the city.  The gangrape and brutal murder of a 15-year-old girl in Kopardi, Ahmednagar on July 13, 2016, triggered the Maratha community to begin the silent protests in Maharashtra last year.

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The silent protest started at 11 am from Byculla’s Jijamata Udyan

 

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Many people have joined the Maratha Kranti Morcha by riding on the bikes

 

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Women from many parts of the state are also participating in the protest held in Mumbai

 

 

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People across the state have come to Mumbai to join the Maratha Kranti Morcha

 

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As lakhs of people have joined the protest, the roads are blocked near Byculla and JJ flyover.

 

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The main aim of the protest is seeking reservation for the Maratha community in education and jobs.

 

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The Maratha Kranti Morcha carried more than 50 silent protests from last one year in Maharashtra.

 

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No politicians are allowed to take part in the Maratha Kranti Morcha.

 

More than 3 lakh people joined the Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai today. This brought the city to a standstill as many roads were blocked. The Mumbai police have issued a traffic advisory to people informing them about the alternate routes citizens can use to commute today. To make sure the protest is carried out silently, without affecting the law and order, more than 7,000 police personnel are deployed on duty today.