Bhima-Koregaon Protests: 100 Detained, Violence Spread Across Maha

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Mumbai: The anger over marking the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district of Maharashtra continued on Tuesday as protesters disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line.

More than 100 people were detained in Mumbai today as Dalit protesters blocked major Mumbai roads, disrupted local train services at rush hour and forced shops to close over the caste clashes yesterday near Pune, in which a man was killed.

The protesters blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and also attacked a journalist of a television news channel. In a latest development, the central railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section.

An announcement regarding the same is being made at all stations of the central railway. Angered over the death of a person at the event organised to mark the anniversary in Pune yesterday, several groups of people had come out in protest this morning in the eastern suburbs of Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi, and forced shops and establishments to shut down, an official said.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has appealed for peace, saying Maharashtra is a progressive state which does not believe in casteist violence. He also warned that strict action will be taken against those who use social media to spread rumours. Announcing the inquiry into Monday’s violence, Mr Fadnavis said it will be headed by a sitting judge.

Shops in Ghatkopar were forcibly shut down. Traffic on the Eastern Express highway was badly hit for almost three hours as the protestors blocked the highway near Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Ghatkopar.

Similar protests have been reported in western Maharashtra and Marathwada. The police have confirmed that at least 134 state transport buses were damaged till 4 pm by the protesters.

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