Farmers in Maharashtra announced plans for a second "Long March" across the state from Wednesday, February 20, to the Wednesday, February 27. The announcement was made on Tuesday, February 5, by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the peasant and workers front of the Communist Party of India. The march will begin in Nashik and end in Mumbai with an estimated arrival on Wednesday, February 20. Thousands of people are expected to participate in the march and associated demonstrations. A heightened security presence is possible along the march route, particularly in Mumbai, and crowded conditions, traffic congestion, as well as other related disruptions are expected.
Tens of thousands of farmers in northern India staged a march from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi in late November 2018. The procession was stopped by security forces at the Delhi border, resulting in clashes with protesters. Farmers in Maharashtra previously held a march about a year ago with around 40,000 people participating in the demonstration.
Individuals in Maharashtra, particularly western Maharashtra, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate political demonstrations, crowded conditions, traffic congestion and road closures, a heightened security presence and associated disruptions, and avoid all political gatherings as a precaution.
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