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Nagpada protest worries Maharashtra government

Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh had met the organisers of the protest on Monday and appealed to them to wind up the protest. However, a section of protesters is said to be keen to continue the sit-in.

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Last Updated: Feb 05, 2020, 09.23 AM IST
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Protesters in Nagpada
By Krishna Kumar

Mumbai: A protest by a group of women in Mumbai’s Nagpada area, on the lines of the one in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, has caused consternation in the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government and a division among protestors who want the protest to continue in spite of a commitment given by the organisers that it would be winded up soon. The organisers claim that “professional protestors are inciting people to continue protesting”.

Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh had met the organisers of the protest on Monday and appealed to them to wind up the protest. However, a section of protesters is said to be keen to continue the sit-in.

The state government has indicated that the protests being staged on an under-construction road in Nagpada could be winded up soon as parties such as the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the BJP have been asking why the government is turning a blind eye to the protest that is being held without prior police permission.

“The minister appealed to us to end the protest as there are people like Raj Thackeray and the BJP who could take advantage of the protest. He asked us to apply for police permission after a few days and the police would give permission at a different venue. We are also not keen on continuing and plan to end the protest on Thursday,” Nassim Siddiqui, NCP member and one of the organisers of the protest, told ET on Tuesday.
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