Over 1,000 members of varied Maratha outfits gathered in Maharashtra’s Solapur metropolis on Sunday, regardless of no permission from police, to participate in a protest march over their demand for reservation in authorities jobs and schooling. The Solapur police have denied permission for the protest march, named because the ‘Maratha Akrosh Morcha’, led by former MLC Narendra Patil.
Heavy safety was deployed and several other key roads resulting in Solapur had been barricaded by police to stop members of the pro-Maratha outfits from reaching their protest venue close to the statue of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj in town. However, regardless of the heavy safety, a number of protesters managed to achieve the venue.
In May this 12 months, the Supreme Court struck down the Maharashtra regulation granting quota to Marathas in admissions and authorities jobs.
Talking to reporters on the protest venue, Patil mentioned even when the police deny permission for their march and put up barricades, members of the Maratha outfits will participate in the protest march in giant numbers.
“Before the protest march, I had toured all tehsils in the district and met members of the Maratha community and various outfits. I got a huge response from them for the morcha. There will be a backlash if police try to stop members of the Maratha outfits,” he warned.
Patil mentioned he was earlier hopeful that the Solapur police would give them permission to take out the morcha. But, the way in which they’ve deployed safety, “it seems there will be some conflict with police during the protest”, he mentioned.
“This time, we informed the police about the protest and sought permission. But, if anything untoward happens from the police side during the march, the future protest march will be carried out without any permission. If you (police) want to register offenses, we have no issues,” he mentioned.
Solapur City Commissioner of Police Ankush Shinde mentioned the protest march has not been given permission as a result of COVID-19 state of affairs.
“Anticipating that a large number of members (of the Maratha outfits) will come to Solapur for the morcha, we deployed heavy security in the city. We will try to stop the march and take appropriate action,” mentioned Shinde.
He mentioned by 11 am, 1,000 to 1,500 individuals gathered on the venue for the protest march. Solapur BJP MP Jaysiddheshwar Shivacharya Mahaswami, native occasion MLA Ram Satpute and a few occasion leaders additionally reached the protest venue.