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Bhima Koregaon Violence: Rahul Gandhi Calls BJP Dalit-Stifling Force, Ambedkar's Grandson Calls For Maharashtra Bandh

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| January 2 , 2018 , 20:13 IST

The 200th-anniversary celebrations of the of the Koregaon-Bhima battle took a violent turn when Dalits and right-wing groups locked horns breaking violent clashes in Pune, claiming one life on the way to Mumbai. An event organised to mark the victory of East India Company over Peshwa's army on Monday led to these riots.

The clashes not just disrupted the traffic services around the major cities of the state but the Sion-Panvel highway was also blocked by Dalit protestors. The local train services on the Harbour Line between Chembur and Govandi were also hit before the Mumbai protests where several educational institutions remained shut as a precautionary measure.

NCP President Sharad Pawar appealed for peace while asking the administration to react and take adequate actions to halt these clashes. Following the intensified protests, four companies of state reserve police (SRP) and nearly 400 extra policemen from Mumbai police were deployed in Chembur, Mulund, Kurla, Govandi areas.

Congress President, Rahul Gandhi has targetted Bhartiya Janata Party for suppressing Dalits, indirectly blaming the party for the clashes. He tweeted, "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."

A youth's death during a Dalit rally in Koregaon near Pune has trapped the commoners in a blanket of fear. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has requested a judicial inquiry while announcing, "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."

Annoyed by the unnecessary violence and riots, the former MP and BR Ambedkar's grandson Prakash has called for Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday. Following the Bhima Koregaon violence, stone-pelting the Fine Arts junction in Amar Mahal, Ghatkopar and Chembur have been reported whereas bus services to Ahmednagar and Aurangabad have been suspended.

Taking cautionary steps to achieve back the normalcy in the city, Section 144 was imposed in Aurangabad. Mumbai Police tweeted an advisory stating, " 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."