Mumbai violence: Prakash Ambedkar calls for Maharashtra Bandh today

Mumbai violence: Prakash Ambedkar calls for Maharashtra Bandh today

Violence spilled over to adjoining parts of the state after clashes broke out between the Dalits and alleged right-wing groups on Monday during the bicentenary celebration of the Bhima-Koregaon battle near Pune.

The Maharashtra bandh was called by Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar to protest the state government's "failure" to stop the violence at Bhima Koregaon village in Pune district on Monday.

The police said, on yesterday, 100 people were detained in Mumbai, and a lot of them were the Dalit protesters.

The Shiv Sena on Thursday tore into the Devendra Fadnavis government over the Bhima-Koregaon violence in Maharashtra, alleging it had no work except to fight elections using the state machinery and police.

Pune police filed a case against Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, founders of the right-wing groups Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan Hindustan respectively along with others under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, Arms Act, S.307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and rioting.

Two major roads in Mumbai's Bandra have been blocked by protesters, so all shops were forced to close down for the day.

He has also said that a Rs 10 lakh compensation would be given to kin of the youth killed and his death would be probed by the CID.

Dalits staged protests in suburban Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kamraj Nagar, Vikhroli, Dindoshi, Kandivali, Jogeshwari, Kalanagar and Mahim, police said.

There were series of blockades on the Eastern Express Highway and the Western Express Highway in Mumbai.

Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory as it is believed soldiers from the Mahar community were part of the East India Company's forces. The Peshwas were Brahmins, and the victory is seen as a symbol of assertiveness by Dalits. Angry Dalit protestors hit the street in several districts of the state, hampering daily life.

RPI activists, amid teargas, pelting stones at the police during their violent protest in Aurangabad on Tuesday.

"People are extremely hurt at the communal tensions in the state the contributions of the marginalized community towards nation building are being questioned today", he added.

He told the Maharashtra Left Front and the Maharashtra Democratic Front, alongside some 250 other organizations have held up and sustained the call for shutdown as per various reports.

"They attacked us with lathis [clubs]", the young man identifying himself as Sumit said. "There is an attempt to create a social divide which we have to foil unitedly", she said.

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