BJP anti-Dalit, behind Koregaon riots: Delhi Minister

Maharashtra bandh

BJP anti-Dalit, behind Koregaon riots: Delhi Minister

In the aftermath, a day-long 'Maharashtra bandh' was called by various Dalit and other organisations.

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.

(Web Desk) - India's low-caste Dalit community were celebrating memorial of a 200-year-old British military victory, which ended up in mass protests in the state of Maharashtra.

A morcha was carried by group of people against Milind Ekbote, who was already booked by Pune police under relevant sections of the Prevention of Atrocities Act and Orchestrating Violence in Bhima Koregaon on January 1. Here, Congress accused both the BJP and RSS of Bhima Koregaon incident while BJP accused Congress of creating communal tension.

Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community were part of the East India Company's forces.

Moily said it was "most unfortunate" that the Bombay Police never anticipated this kind of big eruption.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said all the incidents of violence across the state shall be probed and appropriate action will be taken against the offenders.

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Two major roads in Mumbai's Bandra have been blocked by protesters, so all shops were forced to close down for the day. Huge traffic jam was seen on the Eastern Express Highway as hundreds of protesters blocked the highway at Ghatkopar. The state is expected to be under a tight security blanket for a week.

Mumbai Police registered nine cases today in connection with violent protests in the city.

"People from other states are coming in Maharashtra and carrying out such activities", the editorial stated.

Protests were also held in Kolhapur, Parbhani, Latur, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Hingoli, Kolhapur, Nanded and Thane districts, police said. "(NCP chief) Sharad Pawar has already said that everybody should try to ensure that there is peace and harmony", Tatkare said.

Moily also said if anyone could restore confidence among people and send a strong message, it is the prime minister and that he should have made a statement in parliament on the issue.

In the violence, government properties worth lakhs of rupees was destroyed all around the Maharashtra. The leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said the violence was unfortunate and condemnable.

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