Mumbai has been assaulted with torrential rains for weeks, and now, people from Maratha community have come down on streets to protest, and demanding reservation in job and education areas. The protest has quickly escalated to mob violence, as protesters have blocked roads, the Eastern Expressway that leads into the city, and even forcefully shut shops in Udgir in Latur district of Maharashtra, causing violence by overturning vegetable carts. The Police authorities have now controlled the situation. A group named, Sakal Maratha Samaj, is holding protests in Navi Mumbai and Panvel.
The traffic around the city is a mess, as vehicles are stranded on the road and the protests are not in the mood to relent or clear the way for the fellow citizens. The protesters also tried to interfere and block the Western Line at Jogeshwari, but the trains are now working properly after the police contained the crowd.
There have been reports of urchins vandalizing a bus and also obstructing the flow of traffic in Thane, bearing red flags and walking before the train. The police are guarding Shalimar bagh, Nashik, where shops have been shut because of fear of violence.