Maratha morcha throws traffic off track

Mumbai - Maratha Kranti Morchi protesters blocked traffic at several places across the city as well as the state this morning to support the protest for Maratha reservations.

The chakka jam at Dahisar check naka held up traffic going in both directions for over an hour. Women protesters squatted on the roads and raised slogans in favour of reservations for the Maratha community. They also demanded severe punishment for the culprits in the Kopardi incident, sought changes in the Atrocities Act and implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee.

Over in Dadar, senior police inspector Balasaheb Kakad and his fellow officers thwarted a chakka jam near the Dadar Parsi gymkhana, which led to the protesters moving to Dadar's Shindewadi. They sat on the roads and raised slogans. Immediately, Bhoiwada police stepped in and took the protesters into custody.

The police, who have been readied for the chakka jam today, have been rounding up protesters at several places before traffic jams could hold up office goers on Tuesday morning.

  • Dahisar - The protest was strongest at the check naka here with traffic snarls caused by squatting protesters raising slogans. As of now, the traffic jam caused by the protesters held up traffic for several kilometres
  • Chembur - Protesters attempted to block traffic at Panjrapole, but could not sustain for long. Strict police bandobast ensured that the protest fizzled out in some time and traffic was not severely affected
  • Dadar - The Maratha Andolan protesters left their mark in the city's centre as well. Despite a hefty police presence, the protesters were able to hold up traffic for a long time
  • Kandivali - The proposed chakka jam at Samata Nagar turned into a flop show due to heavy police bandobast. The protesters also said that they did not have the requisite permissions in place here.
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