Protests were staged across the state on behalf of the All India Jain Minority Federation and various trade associations to protest the abduction and brutal murder of Gautam Hiran, the son of freedom fighter Jhumbarlal Hiran from Belapur (Ahmednagar district).
In Maharashtra, demonstrations were held at 110 different places in the state including Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Beed, Nanded, Nagpur, Sangli, Satara, Amravati, Akola.
National President Lalit Gandhi and National General Secretary Sandeep Bhandari joined the agitation in Kolhapur and met the District Police Chief Shailesh Balkwade and along with the delegation and submitted a memorandum.
The memorandum called for the immediate arrest of the killers of Gautam Hiren and stern action against them, setting up an SIT to probe the whole matter. The delegation led by Lalit Gandhi included General Secretary Sandeep Bhandari, Ranjit Parekh, Prashant Pokale, Pratap Pawar, Inder Chaudhary, Vipul Parekh, Darshan Gandhi, Bharat Rawal, Deepak Purohit,
State President Sunil Chopra, Swapnil Shah, Dr. Manoj Chhajed, Dr. Richa Jain, Girish Parekh, Mahavir Bhansali, Vinod Bokadia, Sunil Verma, and other office-bearers led the delegations at various places of Maharashtra.
Heads of various trade associations and office bearers of the Jain community including key office bearers participated in Agitations.
Lalit Gandhi also warned that if action is not taken against the culprits within a week, the agitation will spread across the country.