Maharashtra caste clash | Centre receives report on situation; protests spring up in Gujarat

Online Desk | Published: 02nd January 2018 03:47 PM
Dalit protesters block a road during Maharashtra bandh called over Koregaon violence in Thane, Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)

The Mumbai Police registered 16 FIRs and detained over 300 people in connection with protests by Dalit groups during the day-long bandh yesterday against the Bhima Koregaon caste clashes, while Internet services were suspended in Kolhapur following tension in the district.

The caste clash in the state has so far left two dead in three days.

Violence had erupted on Monday evening at an event to commemorate the Battle of Koregaon – a heroic episode in the Dalit history -- with demonstrators damaging buses, blocking roads and forcing shops to down shutters.

Here are the latest updates:

#Gujarat: Agitating over #BhimaKoregaonViolence, protesters block Madhuram by-pass road in Junagarh, traffic affected.

— ANI (@ANI) January 4, 2018

Maharashtra: Heavy Police deployment in Aurangabad, stones pelted & vehicles vandalized by protesters #BhimaKoregaonViolence

— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018

'Rasta Roko' protest being held in Andheri on the Western Express Highway #Mumbai #BhimaKoregaonViolence

— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018

#Mumbai: Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses and a car vandalized by protesters in Powai #BhimaKoregaonViolence

— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raises the issue of #BhimaKoregaonViolence in Lok Sabha, asks "who instigated and interfered in this event?"

— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018

Maharashtra: Protests being carried out in the state; visuals from Nagpur's Shatabdi Square #BhimaKoregaonViolence

— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018

Commuters are advised to avoid Kalanagar & MMRDA Junction for some time due to Rasta roko #TrafficUpdate

— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 3, 2018

Maharashtra: Protesters halt a train at Thane Railway Station over #BhimaKoregaonViolence

— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018

CSMT-Panvel harbour line services restored from 1640 hrs. @RidlrMUM @mumbairailusers

— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) January 2, 2018

Maharashtra: Republican Party of India workers protest in Thane #BhimaKoregaonViolence

— ANI (@ANI) January 2, 2018

Maharashtra: Security heightened in Mumbai's Chembur #BhimaKoregaonViolence

— ANI (@ANI) January 2, 2018

#chembur amar mahal bridge blocked causing heavy jam. #easternexpressway jammed too @RidlrMUM @MumbaiPolice

— chemburstreets (@chemburstreets) January 2, 2018

Many shops are getting closed in Eastern Suburb of #Mumbai. One #BEST bus stoned, rasta roko at Amar Mahal #Mumbai @RidlrMUM

— Rakesh (@rakeshcamin) January 2, 2018

Don’t believe in rumours. Traffic on Eastern expressway was affected due to protests. It’s moving now. Traffic at Chembur Naka is still affected. There is nothing to panic. Verify facts with police officers and men before posting anything on social media.

— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 2, 2018

Pune: Buses vandalised in Hadapsar, Fursungi; all bus services to Ahemadnagar, Aurangabad suspended #BhimaKoregaonViolence

— ANI (@ANI) January 2, 2018

Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis orders judicial enquiry for #BhimaKoregaon incident.
Also orders a CID enquiry for the death of a youth & an assistance of ₹10 lakh to his kin.
Strict action will be taken against the all those who are spreading rumours & trying to invoke violence.

— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) January 2, 2018

Jignesh Mewani, Omar Khalid, Prakash Ambedkar and Radhika Vemula in Pune at an event marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon (31.12.17)

— ANI (@ANI) January 2, 2018

The pillar commemorates the victory of around 600 British troops, comprising mainly Mahar (Dalit) soldiers, over a 2,000-strong Maratha force under the upper-caste Peshwas that was backed by a larger army of over 28,000 Maratha troops in the battle of Koregaon, which is considered a heroic episode of Dalit history.

Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community -- then considered untouchable -- were part of the East India Company's forces.

However, some right-wing groups in Pune had expressed opposition to the celebration of the 'British' victory.

Tags : Devendra Fadnavis Caste Clash Bhima Koregaon Mumbai violence Maharashtra caste clash

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