All you want to know about Marathas March in Nashik
The community, pre-dominant in Maharashtra politics, has been taking out silent marches in various towns of the state over last one month, following the rape and murder of a girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district two months back. The victim girl was a Maratha, while the culprits were Dalits.
According to the organisers, nearly 15-20 lakh people are expected to take part in the morcha that will begin at 10 am from Tapovan in Nashik today and traverse through Panchavati karanja, Victoria bridge, Ravivar Peth, Tilak road, M G road and end at the District Collectorate office.
City police has already made arrangements for diverting vehicular traffic using ring routes and are also sealing some routes by created “no vehicle zones” in view of the massive morcha. Also, adequate police force has been deployed for the purpose.
Earlier, the Maratha rallies in Navi Mumbai, Akola, Latur and Nanded drew huge crowds.
The community leaders have been demanding scrapping of the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), saying that it is grossly misused, and also reservations for Marathas in educational institutes and government jobs.
one of the leaders of the community said :
It is a silent march and will not involve any slogan raising. It will only stress on three major demands of the community – action against the culprit in Kopardi-case, scrap the atrocity act and reservation for the Maratha community. The entire morcha will only focus on the demands of the community but nothing against or even for the government. It is to unite people for a common cause so that the future generation gets better chance for education and get better career options