The Sinhagad road police have charged nearly 500 individuals who were engaged in a demonstration advocating for Maratha reservation on Navale Bridge, Mumbai Bangalore National Highway on October 31.
In order to reinforce their request for reservations, demonstrators in favor of the Maratha quota obstructed the Pune-Bengaluru Highway near the Navale Bridge and ignited tyres, as reported by the authorities.
Members of the Maratha community have been organizing protests throughout the state to assert their demand for reservations in government employment and education, specifically under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) categorization.
An FIR has been registered by the Sinhagad Road police against over 500 demonstrators for allegedly violating restriction orders imposed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch).
As per the information provided, they were booked under sections 143, 147, 188, 341, 336 of the Maharashtra police act and other relevant sections for creating disturbance on the highway by burning tires, plastic cans, etc, which posed a risk to the lives of commuters and other citizens.
As per the information received, DCP had imposed restriction orders on huge gatherings and protests in the city from October 31 to November 11.