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Maratha morcha passes off peacefully in Nashik

Several lakhs of people took part in the march which went on for about five hours before culminating at the Golf Grounds, organisers said.


Maratha morcha passes off peacefully in Nashik

Nashik: Continuing its ongoing agitation, the Maratha community on Saturday took out a huge silent march here under the banner of Maratha Kranti Morcha from Tapovan area to the district collector's office.

Several lakhs of people took part in the march which went on for about five hours before culminating at the Golf Grounds, organisers said.

Large number of youth, both boys and girls, and women were seen participating. As elsewhere in the state, the morcha was peaceful and disciplined.

The community, pre-dominant in Maharashtra politics, has been taking out silent marches in various cities of the state over the last one month, following the rape and murder of a girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district two months ago. The victim girl was a Maratha while the accused are Dalits.

Six girls submitted a memorandum of demands to the collector Radhakrishnan B, which included strict action against the accused in the Kopardi case, abolition of the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, reservations for the Maratha community, etc.

NCP MP from Satara Udayan Raje Bhosale was among the political leaders who were present.

Across the city there were saffron flags and arches to welcome the morcha, along with booths providing water and snacks, etc.

Police had deployed around 1,200 personnel across the city, the city police commissioner Ravindra Kumar Singh said.

From Zee News

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