Maratha agitation: Community holds silent march in Dhule
As part of a series of protests in various districts of Maharashtra, lakhs of people of Maratha community today took part in a silent march here to press for their demands.
Dhule: As part of a series of protests in various districts of Maharashtra, lakhs of people of Maratha community on Wednesday took part in a silent march to press for their demands.
The 'Maratha kranti morcha' started from Shivaji statue on Prakasha Road and ended at the District Collector's office where a group of girls submitted a memorandum to the Collector Dilip Pasandharpatte.
As in other cities, the march was conducted in a disciplined manner and went off peacefully
The politically dominant Maratha community has been holding marches at various cities across the state for the last one month.
Their demands include stern action against the culprits of Kopardi rape and murder case, reservations for the community, and scrapping of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The silent marches began after the rape and murder of a Maratha girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district in July. The accused are from a different community.
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Among those present at the agitation were Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar and Congress leader Satej Patil
Calls for a fresh push for the demand have followed the Supreme Court's 5 May decision that held that total reservations cannot breach the 50 percent ceiling.