Mumbai: A youth staged a protest at the Mantralaya in Mumbai to demand teacher recruitment by jumping off the state administrative building. He fell onto the safety net installed on the second floor of the Mantralaya. He also raised slogans during this act. Mumbai Police promptly intervened, and took the protester in custody.
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Family of victim awaiting job since 1975
The unemployed youth, Ranjit Awhad, is from Pathardi in Ahmednagar district. He's believed to be a sugarcane labourer and has been impacted by a government project, reports said.
The Awhad family's land was acquired for a reservoir back in 1975, with government jobs promised as compensation. However, to this day, no member of the family has received the promised employment. Despite Ranjit's efforts to find work elsewhere, he could not secure stable employment. Frustrated by his inability to secure a government job, he resorted to this dramatic act at Mantralaya.
After jumping onto the safety net, Awhad caused quite a commotion at the Mantralaya. Subsequently, the police and security personnel at the Mantralaya safely removed the protester from the safety net. Police deployed at Mantralaya took him into custody and transferred him to the Marine Drive police station for further action.
Mumbai Police, informing about the development, said, "A man jumped off the second floor of Mantralaya. He fell on the safety net put up there so there was nothing untoward and he was safe. The man has been taken into custody and further investigation is underway."
2nd such incident in Two months
This is the second incident of protesters jumping on the safety net at Mantralaya within a month. Earlier on August 29, several farmers whose lands were acquired for irrigation project jumped on the safety net in the atrium in the main building to protest the delay in action on their demands. However, there was no untoward incident and the protesters were apprehended by the police.