Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar calls off Maharashtra bandh

New Delhi ,  

| 03 Jan 2018 , 06:29 PM

The bandh called by Dalit groups in Maharashtra was called off on Wednesday after the state witnessed protests, sporadic violence, road and rail traffic disruption. 

Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, called off the shutdown around 4:30 PM. Ambedkar had given the strike call on Tuesday after wide-spread protests in Mumbai.

The shutdown was called as a protest against Maharashtra government’s ‘failure’ to stop the clashes that took place on Monday and was supported by 250 Dalit groups, he said.

Parts of Maharashtra including Pune, Aurangabad and Mumbai were in the grip of a state-wide protest following the death of a 30-year-old dalit boy at Bhima Koregaon near Pune. The death happened as a result of a clash between members of the Maratha community and Dalits at an event to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon.

On Tuesday, Dalits from Mumbai and at least Nine other districts called for action against the Marathas alleging that they were being targeted.

The Historical relevance of this gathering is the Koregaon battle of January 1, 1851 wherein members of Mahar community sided with the troops of East India company to save Koregaon from Peshwa occupation. The result of the battle went in favour of the Mahar community.


Activist and grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar calls off Maharashtra bandh 

# Pune Police detains nine people

# Protesters vandalise vehicles in Aurangabad

# Services of the Western Railway's AC local in Mumbai suspended for the entire day

 # MoS Home Rural Deepak Kesarkar: No one from the Dalit community has died in the Bhima-Koregaon violence. Rumours are being spread on social media. Situation is peaceful in Maharashtra

#Train services hit due to agitation

#48 BEST Buses damaged due to stone pelting; 4 BEST bus drivers receive minor injuries

Remaining services of AC local suspended for the day in view of protests. Other suburban services are being run amid intermittent protests at Elphinstone Rd, Goregaon, Dadar, Malad. There is no cancellation of Long Distance trains

Both up & down lines, which were blocked by the protesters from 12.05 hrs have been evacuated at 12.24 hrs and train operations have resumed at Goregaon. Trains are delayed due to it: Western Railway, Mumbai

 # Mumbai metro services between Asalfa and Ghatkopar Metro station stopped by protesters  

 Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader and Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Bhima Koregaon Violence. 

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja gives zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha over "increasing atrocities against Dalits"

BEST buses not running on this route:

Kandivali- Akurli, Dindoshi-Hanuman Nagar, Chandivali-Sangharsh Nagar, Khairani Rd- Sakinaka, Sahar Cargo, Mulund Check Naka, Jijamata Nagar.

 "Very less auto-rickshaws and buses on roads today. This is troublesome for the entire state, particularly people who have to go to offices" says a commuter waiting for transport at Thane's Vartak Nagar Maharashtra

Bus services towards Pune's Baramati and Satara suspended till further orders

"Don't believe or spread rumors, continue with your routine activities. Police administration is geared up to deal with any untoward situation" Mumbai Police advises residents.

#  "Few protestors tried to disrupt Railway services at Thane but were immediately cleared by RPF and GRP officials. Services are running uninterrupted on Central Railway as of now" says CPRO Central Railway.

First Published : Wednesday, January 03, 2018 09:00 AM
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