Maharashtra Dalit protests updates: Mayawati alleges BJP-RSS conspiracy; key parties stay mum over bandh

A day after Dalit and Maratha groups clashed in Pune on the 200th year anniversary celebrations of the historic battle of Koregaon Bhima, Dalit protesters on Tuesday staged a protest according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.

FP Staff January 02, 2018 21:43:45 IST
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Maharashtra Dalit protests updates: Mayawati alleges BJP-RSS conspiracy; key parties stay mum over bandh


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Blame game begins over Maharashtra violence

A blame game has started in Maharashtra over who triggered the caste clashes, reported Economic Times. On the other hand, Prakash Ambedkar of the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BMM) accused right-wing groups, especially the Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan, headed by Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, respectively. 

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In 1818, Mahar community sided with the British to fight the Peshwas

In 1818, the Peshwa attempted to retake the city of Pune from the British with a force of 28,000 men — 20,000 cavalrymen and 8,000 foot soldiers — mostly comprising of Marathas. A British force, comprising no more than around 800 soldiers, was on its way to Pune to meet with the main force stationed there when the Peshwa’s advance force spotted them.

As the British took refuge in a small village called Koregaon, which was surrounded by a low mud wall, the Peshwa decided to detach a small portion of his army, around 2,000 soldiers, to take on the British forces and the village of Koregaon. 

On 1 January, 1818, East India Company troops, comprising mostly Mahar Dalits, fended off the Maratha offensive. The soldiers fought through the night and managed to defend the village of Koregaon from the attackers.

According to one estimate, the Company lost between 200-300 troops that night but the Peshwa suffered heavier losses as 500-600 of his men perished in the battle. The Marathas, wary of reinforcements arriving from Pune in much larger numbers than their own, were forced to retreat.

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RECAP: Bhima Koregaon violence turns creation of award-winning artist into heap of ashes, inflicts over Rs 50 lakh loss

The handiwork of an artist were subsumed in the flames of anger and violence over marking the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune.

The caste-based clashes that spilled over to few other parts of Maharashtra too, including Mumbai, cost Eldine Fernandes, a national award-winning Pune-based sculptor, over Rs 50 lakh worth of his paintings, sculptures, and equipment as protesters torched and vandalised his studio in the Bhima Koregaon area in Pune.

Fernandes, a Christian, could barely hold back his tears as he recounted his losses. Apart from immense hard work in the form of artworks, that were at various stages of completion, being reduced to ashes, Fernandes says he also lost three years worth of his life's savings.

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RECAP: Fadnavis orders probe into Bhima-Koregaon violence

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said a judicial inquiry has been ordered into the violence which erupted during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district." A sitting high court judge will head the inquiry," Fadnavis said,  adding that Rs 10 lakh compensation would be given to kin of the youth killed.  The youth's death would be probed by the CID, Fadnavis told reporters. 

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Violence hits Bhima Koregaon event marking 200th anniversary of Mahars' victory over Peshwas

The event to mark 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa's army, was marred by incidents of violence, with at least one person getting killed.

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

However, some right-wing groups in Pune had expressed opposition to celebration of the `British' victory.

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Jan 03, 2018 - 18:01 (IST)

Traffic update as of now: Expect congestion at following roads

1. Mela Junction
2. Worli Naka
3. Malet / Orange Gate Junction.

Eastern Expressway
1.Sion Junction matunga
2.Amarmahal Junction
3.Chedanagar Junction
4.Ramabai Nagar
5. Mankhurd T Junction Govandi

LBS Road
1.Kamani jn kurla
2.Shreyas Junction Ghatkopar
3 Gandhinagar Ghatkopar

1.IIT Powai maingate
2.Gandhinagar Ghatkopar

Eastern Freeway
 1.IOC junction mankhurd
2.Panjrapol Trombay
3.Tunnel after bhaktipark

 Akurli road & Samta nager

Jan 03, 2018 - 18:00 (IST)

Devendra Fadnavis says CCTV footage to be monitored to probe incidents of violence

Jan 03, 2018 - 17:30 (IST)

We are Maratha, he had nothing to do with protest, says family of man who was killed

The family of the youth who was killed in Moday's protests told The Times of India that he had nothing to do with the protests. 

"We have nothing to do with either the celebrations or the protests. We are Maratha. Rahul was coming home to Sanaswadi on his motorcycle early when he came to know that there was trouble and a traffic jam at Koregaon Bhima," his youngest brother Tushar said. 

Tushar said it was his brother's bad luck. " It took one stone to kill my brother. There was heavy stone pelting at Koregaon Bhima. But just that one stone thrown by someone at Sanaswadi snuffed out his life and nobody knows where it came from," he said.

Jan 03, 2018 - 17:21 (IST)

Delhi Metro resumes normal service

Jan 03, 2018 - 17:07 (IST)

Amravati hit by complete shut down, stray incidents of violence reported

 Responding to the call given by Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar, a total bandh was observed in Amravati. Protesters submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister and the Governor through resident deputy collector Nitin Vyavahare.

The memorandum demanded that those involved in the violence at Bhima Koregaon be booked under the National Security Act and the Maharashtra
Control of Organised Act. The protesters also demanded permanent police security for the Smriti Stumbh at Bhima Koregaon and compensation worth Rs. one crore to the family of the deceased and Rs.75,000 each to those injured in the violence.
They also demanded an impartial probe in the matter through a panel headed by former Chief Justice of India, Justice KG Balakrishnan. The protesters demanded the arrest of Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide who, they alleged, were responsible for the violence against the Dalits.

Jan 03, 2018 - 17:04 (IST)

Maratha outfit Sakal Maratha Kranti Morcha demands action against violent protesters

“We respect the sentiments of Dalits, but we condemn the violence in the state. The government must nab the culprits who started communal trouble.”  Sakal Maratha Kranti Morcha told Hindustan Times

Jan 03, 2018 - 16:47 (IST)

Traffic situation normalised on Western Express Highway until Dahisar Naka, says Mumbai Police

Jan 03, 2018 - 16:44 (IST)

Route between South Mumbai and Airport completely cleared: Mumbai Police

Jan 03, 2018 - 16:42 (IST)

Prakash Ambedkar calls off Maharashtra bandh

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar called off Maharashtra bandh after a day of unrest

Jan 03, 2018 - 16:37 (IST)

Dalit protesters demand Milind Ekbote be charged with murder

"Unlike those in other states, we in Maharashtra have been responsible. We have not done drastic acts. But despite this, the exploitation of our community has continued. The Peshwa Raj has not ended. Ekbote should be charged with murder. We will protest until that's done. We are not resorting to any sort of violence but are co-operating with the police. We want our voice to be heard," says Nitin Dinkar Shelar, 40, a social worker from Pune.

Input from Shatakshi Gawade/101reporters

A day after Dalit and Maratha groups clashed in Pune on the 200th anniversary celebrations of the historic Koregaon Bhima battle, Dalit protesters staged a protest in parts of suburban Mumbai, a report in Mumbai Mirror said.

The Indian Express reported that Dalit groups, seeking action against those involved in Monday's clashes which killed one and injured several others, called a rasta roko aandolan which affected many parts of Mumbai including Mulund, Chembur, Bhandup, Vikhroli and Kurla.

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Violence hit Maharashtra"s Bhima Koregaon on Monday. Twitter @nishadwankhade

India Today reported that incidents of stone pelting occurred in Ghatkopar.

According to a report in DNA, tension gripped the Mumbai suburb of Chembur and an eyewitness told the newspaper that when he visited a bank at noon, a group of boys approached the bank and demanded shutters be downed. "The shutters were downed at Chembur station as well," he added.

Eyewitnesses told the newspaper the commotion began at Chembur naka. The police quickly reached the spot and brought the situation under control, DNA reported.

"There are groups of 100 people at Mulund, Chembur, Bhandup, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Vikhroli and Nehru Nagar in Kurla attempting a rasta roko. We have managed to avoid it so far," additional commissioner of police (East Region) Lakhmi Gautam told The Indian Express.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a judicial inquiry into the clashes that took place on Monday, India Today reported.

Monday's violence reportedly occurred after a group carrying saffron flags began pelting stones days after the tombstone of local Dalit hero Govind Gaikwad was vandalised, leading to clashes with groups bearing blue flags.

Section 144 (unlawful assembly) of the Criminal Procedure Code was implemented across Pune district by the collector, Mumbai Mirror reported.

Mumbai Police tweeted:

What is the Battle of Koregaon?

Monday marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon, where the Marathas led by Peshwa Bajirao II clashed with the British East India company.

The battle, which took place in Koregaon, a small village 25 kilometres from Pune, pitted 800 British soldiers against 30,000 Marathas on 1 January, 1818. However, fearing that the British may send reinforcements in the form of a larger battalion, the Marathas withdrew after a 12-hour standoff. In all, about 1,000 people died in the battle.

However, the reason this particular skirmish between the British and the Marathas is remembered even today is because the local Mahar community fought alongside the British against the Marathas. Even today, as mentioned in a report in Scroll, many Dalit communities see the battle as being the first step in their struggle against caste-based oppression.

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