Violence hits Mumbai and Aurangabad as Dalit-Maratha clashes over Bhima Koregaon event turns ugly

An event led by Dalits to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army, turned violent in several cities in Maharashtra

FP Staff January 02, 2018 17:09:37 IST
An event led by Dalits to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army, turned violent in several cities across Maharashtra on Tuesday. Geeta Desai/101reporters
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An event led by Dalits to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army, turned violent in several cities across Maharashtra on Tuesday. Geeta Desai/101reporters
In Mumbai, protests and road blockades brought the city to a halt. Shops and business establishments were shut after the protest turned violent in several parts of Mumbai including Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi. Geeta Desai/101reporters
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In Mumbai, protests and road blockades brought the city to a halt. Shops and business establishments were shut after the protest turned violent in several parts of Mumbai including Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi. Geeta Desai/101reporters
Hundreds of people stalled train operations at Chembur, forcing railways to shut operations in Harbour line. They also blocked traffic on the roads, including on the Sion Panvel highway. Geeta Desai/101reporters
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Hundreds of people stalled train operations at Chembur, forcing railways to shut operations in Harbour line. They also blocked traffic on the roads, including on the Sion Panvel highway. Geeta Desai/101reporters
As a precautionary measure, several schools and colleges in Mumbai were closed. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in several parts of the city. Geeta Desai/101reporters
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As a precautionary measure, several schools and colleges in Mumbai were closed. Authorities have imposed Section 144 in several parts of the city. Geeta Desai/101reporters
Protests also rocked Aurangabad on Tuesday, forcing police to impose Section 144 in several parts the city. Aarteeshymal Joshi/ 101Reporters
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Protests also rocked Aurangabad on Tuesday, forcing police to impose Section 144 in several parts the city. Aarteeshymal Joshi/ 101Reporters
On Monday, a person had died as a group, opposed to the celebrations due to the "British victory" in the battle, clashed with Dalits rallying their way to the battle memorial in Koregoan. Aarteeshymal Joshi/ 101Reporters
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On Monday, a person had died as a group, opposed to the celebrations due to the "British victory" in the battle, clashed with Dalits rallying their way to the battle memorial in Koregoan. Aarteeshymal Joshi/ 101Reporters
Various Dalit groups have called for a statewide bandh on Wednesday, even as Fadnavis has appealed for calm and peace, saying Maharashtra is a progressive state which does not believe in casteist violence. Aarteeshymal Joshi/ 101Reporters
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Various Dalit groups have called for a statewide bandh on Wednesday, even as Fadnavis has appealed for calm and peace, saying Maharashtra is a progressive state which does not believe in casteist violence. Aarteeshymal Joshi/ 101Reporters
Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory in Koregoan battle, 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 opposed the celebration. Aarteeshymal Joshi/ 101Reporters
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Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory in Koregoan battle, 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 opposed the celebration. Aarteeshymal Joshi/ 101Reporters