Parts of Maharashtra was unrest on Jan 2nd & 3rd, due to violent protest occurred in Bhima Koregaon village
Parts of Maharashtra remained unrest for two consecutive day on January 2nd & 3rd 2018, after a violent clashes erupted on Jan 1st, between two communities in Bhima Koregaon village situated in Pune District.
Violence was first reported at a Dalit rally on Jan 1st in Bhima Koregaon village on the 200th Koregaon – Bhima battle anniversary event. The Koregaon Bhima battle (aka Bhima Koregaon battle) was fought between the British East India Company and the Peshwa army at Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 1818. The British faction had defeated the Peshwa in the battle. Every year on this date Dalit group takes out rally to mark the anniversary.
Sources further stated that on Jan 1st, opposite community stopped their rally at Sanaswadi near Koregaon as they think that this celebration is the victory for British. Stone pelting was reported during this rally in which a person died. As no police forces were present at the spot, situation went out of control. Huge protests were staged demanding arrest for culprits. Police forces were rushed to the spot and imposed restrictions under Section 144 in Pune. Gradually protest spreaded violently across Maharashtra over Bhima Koregaon row.
On January 2nd, group of Dalit people took out protest rally at Ramabai Ambedkar Chowk in Chembur. They stopped vehicles and blocked railway tracks affecting transportation services. Later police brought the situation under control. Later on Jan 2nd evening activist and political leader of BBM, Advocate Prakash Ambedkar (Grandson of Dr B.A) called for peaceful shutdown across Maharashtra to protest against Bhima Koregaon violence.
Huge police forces were deployed in sensitive areas after a shutdown call was given. Other political parties including, RPI, NCP and Congress extended their support to Maharashtra Bandh. On January 3rd, protest rally was taken out at various cities and districts like Thane, Mumbai, Santacruz, Kalayan , Dombivali, Pune-Ahmednagar highway, Ghatkopar, Chembur, Tilak Nagar and Mulund and other places of Maharashtra. Protesters blocked train services on Harbour, Central and Western line, also they stopped the movement of buses from bus depot. Due to which public transportation remained off the road till 5 pm. Also stone pelting on vehicles was reported in several areas. Protesters blocked roads and asked vehicles to go back. Slim attendance was seen in offices, colleges and schools, shops were also remained down shutters to avoid any untoward incident. Later at 4 pm the shutdown was called off. Section 144 imposed in Maharashtra’s Thane till 4th January midnight.
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