Dalits call for strike in Maharashtra; Protests held in Nagpur, Pune and Baramati; 100 people detained in Mumbai

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Wednesday, January, 03 2018 - 15:09

Dalit groups on Wednesday have called for strikes across Maharashtra due to clashes between Dalits and upper castes on January 1 during which a 28-year-old Maratha was killed. As per reports, twenty five vehicles were also torched and over 50 vehicles were damaged.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a judicial inquiry into the Bhima Koregaon incident.As per media reports, total shutdown was observed in Baramati, Sangli and Miraj in south Maharashtra on Wednesday.

In Nagpur, most schools and markets remained shut. 

Traffic came to a standstill on Eastern Express Highway in Mumbai on Tuesday, as Dalit groups reportedly blocked the road.

Mumbai's Harbour Line was also blocked by protesters. Nearly 21,000 security personnel were called in Mumbai and around 100 people were detained on Tuesday, the police said.

The suburban services of AC local have been cancelled today due to protests.

 The tension began on Monday when big groups of Dalits gathered near Pune to mark 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle, that saw Dalit soldiers fighting with the British, defeating the army of the upper caste Peshwas or rulers. The event was marred by incidents of violence.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister, said that strict action will be taken against all those who are spreading rumours and trying to invoke violence.


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