Mumbai, July 31: The Maratha Kranti Morcha on Tuesday announced that it will carry out the ‘jail bharo andolan’ in Mumbai from Wednesday. The protest that will mark another phase of their agitation on August 1, will take place at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. According to a press note issued by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, the community is organising a "Jail Bharo Andolan" for their major demands. The Mumbai police claimed to have ample security arrangements for the protest in Mumbai to ensure law and order in the city.
In wake of the protest call, the police have also been asked to be on alert in other parts of Maharashtra as well in wake of "Jail Bharo Andolan" called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha. According to a report by ANI, the communities' major demands are a decision on the Maratha quota at the earliest, all cases against Maratha protesters be taken back, action against the officers responsible for firing and lathi charge during July 25 protest, resignation or sacking of ministers MLAs who gave irresponsible statements against Maratha community.
The reports inform that besides reservation, the Maratha outfit has also been demanding loan waiver, justice in Kopardi rape and unemployment for their community. Meanwhile, they are also demanding a compensation for the injured and the family members of those who died during protests.
According to a report by ANI, Maratha Kranti Morcha leader Amol Jadhavarao claimed that government has shown tokenism about their demands and has announced the acceptance of some of their demands after the All-Party Meet, but there is still no official written order issued in this regard.
On July 27, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had invited party leaders of both the Houses for a meeting in Vidhan Sabha to discuss the ongoing Maratha stir. He had earlier chaired a meeting with BJP ministers and party legislators from the Maratha community to discuss the issue.
On Tuesday, a 35-year-old man allegedly ended his life in Maharashtra's Beed district, the latest in a spate of suicides over the Maratha quota demand, police said. Abhijeet Deshmukh, a resident of Veeda village in Kej tehsil, hanged himself from a tree near his house, police said. It must be noted that this is the fifth suicide in the state over Maratha reservation issue.