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Maratha Kranti Morcha in pics: A sea of saffron on Mumbai’s streets

Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, Mumbai
Aug 09, 2017 03:13 PM IST

Trace the protesters’ journey along Mumbai’s JJ Flyover, Crawford Market, CST and finally, Azad Maidan

Lakhs of Marathas took to Mumbai’s streets on Wednesday morning, painting the town saffron. From 5-year-old children to senior citizens, participants marched from Byculla to Azad Maidan. Here’s a look at how their journey unfolded:

Around 10,000 policemen were deployed to maintain order during the march.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)
Around 10,000 policemen were deployed to maintain order during the march.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)

Though the march was slated for 11 am, groups began to assemble as early as 9 am.

Marathas began protests at Thane station early on Wednesday. (Praful Gangurde/HT)
Marathas began protests at Thane station early on Wednesday. (Praful Gangurde/HT)

Crowds gathered at the starting point at the designated time. Twenty minutes later, they began marching slowly, led by women and children. Police estimate that there were at least 1.5 lakh participants.

Women at the frontlines of the protest. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)
Women at the frontlines of the protest. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)

A serpentine queue of participants reached JJ Flyover around 11.40 am.

Protesters making their way down the winding flyover. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)
Protesters making their way down the winding flyover. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)

Several displayed pride in their community by dressing as either Maratha king Shivaji or his mother Jijabai.

Jay Bhadole (left) dressed as Maratha warrior Shivaji. (HT)
Jay Bhadole (left) dressed as Maratha warrior Shivaji. (HT)

From JJ Flyover, protesters marched on towards Crawford Market, and then towards CST, where they were given water and biscuits.

The Maratha flag flies high outside the iconic CST structure. (Kunal Patil/HT)
The Maratha flag flies high outside the iconic CST structure. (Kunal Patil/HT)

In the meantime, 3,500 volunteers began cleaning the city’s streets and disposing of trash left behind by protesters.

Not an inch of ground visible at Azad Maidan, packed with Maratha protesters on Wednesday afternoon. (Kunal Patil/HT)
Not an inch of ground visible at Azad Maidan, packed with Maratha protesters on Wednesday afternoon. (Kunal Patil/HT)
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