Bhima-Koregaon incident: Dalit leader withdraws Maharashtra 'bandh' call

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Angry over the violence on the anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, protesters yesterday attacked buses, stopped suburban trains and blocked roads at various places in Mumbai as normal life was hit in the city and other parts of Maharashtra during a bandh called by Dalit groups.

The Pune police also said that they have received a complaint against Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students leader Umar Khalid for their alleged provocative speeches at an event in Pune on December 31.

Mumbai: A Maharashtra minister claimed that social media platforms were used to spread misinformation about what happened at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune district, where one person was killed in caste violence on January 1.

Fadnavis had, earlier, ordered a Crime Investigation Department (CID) probe into the death of a youth in the violence.

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In Pune, cases were registered by the Pimpri police against Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, who heads the Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan respectively, for allegedly inciting the violence.

The Maharashtra bandh has been called by Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar.

The right-wing groups were objecting to the observance of "Victory Day" since they considered it to be an anti-national celebration.

Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge accused the BJP and RSS of "conspiring to divide people" on caste and religious lines. The Peshwas were Brahmins, and the victory was seen as a symbol of assertiveness by Dalits. Dalits began protests in suburban Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kamraj Nagar, Vikhroli, Dindoshi, Kandivali, Jogeshwari, Kalanagar and Mahim, police said. Security has been deployed across the state and protests are going on peacefully.

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The incident that was witnessed in the commercial capital of the nation was one that loomed into a wildfire due to an intrusion in a rally of a Dalit community Mahar, that was observing their yearly felicitation of the martyrs in the British war against the Peshwas. "Maharashtra has a BJP government and they are responsible for the violence".

When asked about the response to the bandh, Ambedkar said: "We have called for a peaceful bandh".

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