Nagpur: The winds of a major storm that is going to hit the Second Capital City Nagpur during Winter Session started blowing as the Sakal Maratha Samaj took out a ‘Kranti Muk Morcha’ on Tuesday to voice their various demands including death penalty to the accused in the Kopardi gang rape and murder case, review of Prevention of Atrocities against the SCs and STs Act, reservation in jobs and education for Maratha community, Rs 10 lakh aid and government job to one member of families of farmers who have committed suicide, implementation of Dr Swaminathan Commissionm recommendations on remunerative price for farm produce among others.
The morchaites gathered at Reshimbagh Ground in massive numbers and at the stroke of 12, the morcha started moving forward. As was witnessed in the state-wide silent marches, this morcha too was led by girls. The Kranti Muk Morcha will pass through many areas such as Apsara Chowk, C P and Berar College, Tulshibag, Mahal, Gandhi Gate, Tilak Putla, Agyaram Devi Square, Cotton Market, Manas Square, Morris College T-Point, SamvidhanSquare and culminate at Kasturchand Park. A number of leaders will later hold a public meeting and address the participants of the morcha at the venue.
The organizers of Maratha Kranti Muk Morcha claimed participation of lakhs of community members. Former MP and Forward Bloc leader Jambuwantrao Dhote not only extended his support to the agitation but himself participated in the morcha.
The silent march was led by schoolgirls and comprised, women, school boys, college students and male members of the community.
The city police have made elaborate arrangements to ensure peaceful passing of the event. Posse of policemen, both in uniforms and plain-clothed have been deployed along the route of the morcha as well as at other vantage points to prevent any untoward incident. In any case, the silent marches across the state were peaceful to a great extent.
The Maratha community, a dominant force in Maharashtra politics, has been taking out silent marches in various towns in the state over the last one month, following the rape and murder of a girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district two months ago.
The ‘Kranti Muk Morcha’ is likely to take Nagpur City by storm when the Maratha-Kunbi community will hit the streets during Winter Session of Maharashtra Legislature in December.
The protests may be ‘silent’ morchas but they have still caused a kind of tension in Maharashtra which, according to many personalities, has not been seen in the state since it was formed in 1960.
On 13 July, a 15-year-old Maratha girl was allegedly gang raped and murdered by four Dalit youths who inflicted injuries all over her body and broke her limbs before throttling her at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar. The incident took place on July 13 between 6.45 pm and 7.30 pm when the victim was returning after meeting her grandfather. She was accosted by the accused who gangraped her violently before throttling her to death. Her both shoulders were found to be dislocated.
The incident had sparked public outrage as well as a political battle. After the incident, Maratha Kranti silent morchas were held in Akola, Nanded, Beed, Osmanabad, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Jalna, Pune, Satara, Sangli, Mumbai and at other districts over the last few months.