“Maharashtra Caste Violence”
In Pune, on Monday many people came together to attend an event to remember the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon. There, between the Dalit and Maratha communities clash broke out which led to the death of one person and then in Mumbai the Dalit group called for a “Rasta Roko Andolan”.
Following which on Tuesday due to the protest the normal life was disturbed. Today in the morning at Mulund, Chembur, Bhandup, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Vikhroli and Nehru Nagar in Kurla trains were stopped by people. shops and business were closed down as well, in Chembur, the office of Shiv Sena was vandalized, routes are blocked.
Devendra Fadnavis, the Maharashtra Chief Minister ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter but Prakash Ambedkar, the former MP, grandson of B R Ambedkar rejected it and called for a statewide bandh on Wednesday.
“I was there in Bhima Koregaon on Monday. The attackers were only targeting vehicles with blue flags and people wearing white clothes. One attacker even told us to remove the blue flag on our vehicle. We removed it fearing they would attack us if we did not. Stones were pelted on members of the community, including children,” said Vijay Kharat, a resident of Siddharth Nagar.
Meanwhile, in the morning the members of the Maratha community in Pune initiated a protest blaming the opposite community. The buses and vehicles have been set on fire.
“Five people, including four cops, have been injured in the protests. More than 100 people have been detained at different locations” DCP Mumbai Police PRO said.
“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,” tweeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi.