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
Police must have acted if Jignesh Mevani's speech was instigating. But he has no relation with this incident: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on complaint lodged against Jignesh Mevani for making provocative statements #BhimaKoregaon pic.twitter.com/aJd4mrMyik— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
# 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
Pune: Security arrangements in Dandekar pool in view of protests over #BhimaKoregaonViolence, DCP Pravin Mundhe says, 'we appeal all citizens to carry on with their daily routine. There will be peace in the city. Don't trust rumours being spread on social media' pic.twitter.com/7E0s3TFNqF— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
#Maharashtra: Large number of protesters have occupied the railway tracks at Nallasopara Station, disrupting rail traffic. Administration & security forces are making all efforts to normalize the train operations-Western Railway #BhimaKoregaonViolence pic.twitter.com/xTBjKnP8xU— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
Commuters stranded due to less number of auto-rickshaws & other transport in Mumbai, rickshaw driver in Mulund says, 'we are supporting this bandh only because we are scared of our loss. They can vandalize anything here' #BhimaKoregaon pic.twitter.com/uEfLsIwpJR— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
# 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.
"It was left for the parents to decide if they want to send their their children to school, hardly 50 students came today. So now we are even sending them back home, teachers will also leave thereafter" says a teacher at Mumbai's Young Ladies High School #BhimaKoregaonViolence pic.twitter.com/YVjlO41rwm— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
# "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
Mumbai Dabbawallas Association decide to not run its delivery service, today; head of the association Subhash Talekar says "means of transportation difficult for delivery of tiffins on time during #MaharashtraBandh" #BhimaKoregaonViolence pic.twitter.com/6TiVFH2hD0— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018
# "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.
#BhimaKoregaonViolence Section 144 imposed in Maharashtra's Thane till 4th January midnight— ANI (@ANI) January 3, 2018