Day after Pune rally violence, Dalit protesters block roads in Mumbai

Mumbai: Traffic came to a standstill at the Eastern Express Highway in Mumbai this morning after Dalit protestors blocked the roads following the attack on Dalit rally at Koregaon Bhima in Pune. Dalit groups called for a bandh in Mumbai on Tuesday and sought action against those involved in the violent clashes in Pune the day before.

Incidents of stone pelting were reported from the spot and a man, who was trying to immolate himself, was saved just in time.

Mumbai Police tweeted: “Don’t believe in rumours. Traffic on Eastern expressway was affected due to protests. It’s moving now. Traffic at Chembur Naka is still affected. There is nothing to panic. Verify facts with police officers and men before posting anything on social media.”

Hundreds of people stalled train operations at Mulund, Chembur, Bhandup, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Vikhroli and Nehru Nagar in Kurla this morning. Additional Commissioner of Police Lakhmi Gautam said, “There are groups of people attempting a raasta roko (to block the way). The police has managed to avoid it so far.”

Later, protesters attempted to march towards Ambedkar Garden in Chembur, but were restricted by the police. They blocked traffic on the roads, including on the Sion Panvel highway.

On Monday afternoon, groups of Dalits, who were on way to Koregaon Bhima near Pune city to mark 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, were attacked and their vehicles were damaged. The clashes had led to at least one person being killed and less than half-a-dozen people were injured.

For several hours, the police had to block traffic on Pune-Ahmednagar highway to prevent the situation from escalating, shut down Internet services and restrict movement of people before the situation was brought under control.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis orders judicial enquiry for Bhima Koregaon incident. He has also ordered a CID enquiry for the death of a youth & an assistance of Rs 10 lakh to his kin. Strict action will be taken against the all those who are spreading rumours & trying to invoke violence.