Maharashtra CM Fadnavis Promises Inquiry Into Violence After Bandh Cripples Mumbai, Pune

Maharashtra CM Fadnavis Promises Inquiry Into Violence After Bandh Cripples Mumbai, Pune

Violence had erupted in Pune district of Maharashtra on January 1 when Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which the forces of the British East India Company defeated the Peshwa's army.

On Tuesday, 100 people were detained in Mumbai, the police said.

According to the sources, Mr Ambedkar had put forward his term and conditions before the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis before his decision to withdraw the strike.

"There is complete peace in Vadu-Budruk (near Bhima- Koregaon)".

Accusing the RSS and certain Hindutva outfits of allegedly sparking the caste violence in Pune's Bhima-Koregaon that spread to other parts of the BJP-ruled Maharashtra, the Congress also demanded an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the episode.

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The Maharashtra bandh, called to protest the violence post an event to mark 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle, turned violent today even as rail and road traffic was disrupted in the city.

Two major roads in Mumbai's Bandra have been blocked by protesters, so all shops were forced to close down for the day. Right-wing groups have been blamed for the clashes. Groups of protesters held demonstrations in Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi, police said.

The Eastern Express Highway was blocked for over five hours as protesters blocked it, police said. Heavy police have been deployment in Aurangabad amid stone pelting. The state is expected to be under a tight security blanket for a week. The Mumbai police, meanwhile, issued a statement appealing to people not to believe in rumours and verify facts with the police before posting anything on social media. Since the Peshwas, who were Brahmins, were seen as oppressors of Dalits, the victory of the Mahar soldiers over the the Peshwa force is seen as Dalit assertion.

January 03 (ANI): In response to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's scathing attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over caste violence gripping Maharashtra, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir on Wednesday said people should know the ground situation before making any statement. "The police find it hard to manage crowds and they have to undergo severe stress to bring situation under control during bandh".

He added that there is a need to figure out who is behind the Koregaon violence and which organisations are taking part to exploit the law and order through this ruthlessness. Antisocial elements were trying to create tensions between Dalits and Maratha communities for political benefit, he said.

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