BSP chief Mayawati says BJP, RSS behind Bhima-Koregaon violence, Jignesh Mevani appeals for peace

New Delhi ,

| 03 Jan 2018 , 12:02 AM

Angered over the death of a person at the event organised to mark the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district of Maharashtra, thousands of Dalit protestors on Tuesday hit the streets disrupting suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line.

Several groups of people seeking action against those involved in the incident, forced shops and establishments to shut down eastern suburbs of Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi.

On Monday, violent clashes erupted between two groups during an event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon battle in which British Army comprising Dalits had defeated upper-caste Peshwas.

During the clashes, a Dalit man lost his life while several others were injured. Following the incident, Dalit protesters damaged several BEST buses and blocked traffic at the Eastern Express Highway in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Following the protests, authorities shut schools and colleges in Mumbai. Police requested people not to spread rumours to vitiate the communal harmony.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said a judicial inquiry has been ordered into the violence which erupted during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district.

“A sitting High Court judge will head the inquiry,” Fadnavis said, a day after a youth died as a group, opposed to the celebrations due to the “British victory” in the battle, clashed with Dalits rallying their way to the battle memorial.

Here are the live updates on Mumbai Dalit protests:

# Update: Eastern Express Highway at Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Ghatkopar still blocked.

# Dalit leader and BSP Supremo Mayawati has accused BJP and RSS for Bhima-Koregaon violence.

# Maharashtra government must ensure rule of law. I appeal to the people of Maharashtra to maintain peace, tweets Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.

A central pillar of the RSS/BJP’s fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance: Rahul Gandhi

Case registered against 2 persons at Pune's Pimpri Police Station: DCP Ganesh Shinde

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar has called for Maharashtra bandh tomorrow to protest the state government’s “failure” to stop the violence at Bhima Koregaon village in Pune district on Monday.

Activist and grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar has given call for a Maharashtra bandh tomorrow

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

#Traffic jam at Eastern Express Highway due to agitation

#More than 100 people detained at different locations in Mumbai

Security heightened in Mumbai's Chembur, more police called in.

Section 144 has not been imposed in Chembur or other parts of eastern suburbs: Mumbai Police PRO

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

Request will be made to SC for judicial inquiry in Koregaon violence matter and CID inquiry will also be conducted on the death of the youth. 10 lakh compensation for victim's kin: CM Fadnavis

Mumbai Special train services being run on Harbour line between CSMT-Kurla and Mankhurd. All other services on Central Railway running normally. 

The protesters stopped local train services at the Govandi and Chembur railway stations of the Harbour Line.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Priyadarshini, Kurla, Sidharth Colony and Amar Mahal areas on the Eastern Express Highway, took out processions and raised slogans against the government and the administration.

# The central railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.

Several groups of people had come out in protest this morning in the eastern suburbs of Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi, and forced shops and establishments to shut down, an official said.

Protestors have stopped traffic on Sion Panvel highway, near Chembur. They are trying to march towards Ambedkar Garden

Spoke to Maharashtra CM, demand that this matter should be inquired; action must be taken against the culprits so that such incidents don't recur: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Pune violence

# Several Dalit groups are seeking a bandh in Mumbai today, a day after violent clashes were reported in Pune.

# Yesterday visuals: Violence between two groups during an event to mark 200 years of the Bhima Koregaon battle near Pune

First Published : Tuesday, January 02, 2018 03:37 PM
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