Mumbai: The Maratha agitators in Mumbai gathered outside the suburban Collector office at Bandra east on Thursday morning. The protests were peaceful in a rather cheerful mood. The participants sang songs against the BJP and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The agitators chanted slogans demanding reservations. The protest lasted for three hours and the agitators handed over a letter of their demands, which they requested to be handed over the CM.
The authorities on Wednesday late evening had disallowed the agitators to sit outside the collector office in Kherwadi, which had led to a bit of confusion among the Maratha Morcha organisers. However, they assembled at the planned spot and later the police led the agitators to a barricaded stretch of road outside Chetana College. The traffic police had stopped all vehicular movement on the north-bound road towards the Western Express Highway (WEH). This was the spot allotted to the agitators for their sit-in dharna.
The protesters wore black ribbons on their eyes and mouth which they claim symbolises the government stand towards their demands. There was heavy bandobast in the vicinity of Mumbai suburban collector office, with 250 policemen seen on the streets of Kherwadi.