Drop charges or we’ll hold ve­hi­cle rally on Oct 27: Marathas to CM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - YOURSPACE -

MUM­BAI: A fac­tion of Maratha out­fits have de­clared that they will or­gan­ise a ve­hi­cle rally out­side the Mantralaya (state head­quar­ters) on Oc­to­ber 27 if chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis fails to keep his prom­ise of with­draw­ing cases reg­is­tered against youths from the com­mu­nity for par­tic­i­pat­ing in ag­i­ta­tions in July and Au­gust. The ag­i­ta­tions were or­gan­ised in a bid to de­mand 16% reser­va­tion in govern­ment jobs and ed­u­ca­tion. Ankush Kadam, state co­or­di­na­tor from Navi Mum­bai, said po­lice have been ha­rass­ing youths from the com­mu­nity since the protests turned vi­o­lent. Thou­sands have been booked without ver­i­fy­ing whether they were ac­tu­ally in­volved in the vi­o­lence.

“Fad­navis had as­sured us the cases will be with­drawn. If he fails to keep his prom­ise by Oc­to­ber 26, then we will carry out a ve­hi­cle rally at the Mantralaya on Oc­to­ber 27,” he said.

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