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Shiv Sena attacks Fadnavis govt over Bhima-Koregaon violence

Shiv Sena attacks Fadnavis govt over Bhima-Koregaon violence Shiv Sena attacks Fadnavis govt over Bhima-Koregaon violence
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 06:07

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.

On Tuesday, 100 people were detained in Mumbai, the police said.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Bombay High Court into the Pune violence, and appealed for calm.

After a fierce slugfest in the Rajya Sabha over the ongoing Bhima-Koregaon violence in Pune, the Congress on Wednesday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for never taking a stand in support of Dalits in the parliament.

The Maharashtra bandh called by Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader and Dr B R Ambedkar's grandson Prakash Ambedkar is being seen as a massive show of strength by Dalits in the state.

Fadnavis said a Rs 10 lakh compensation would be given to kin of the youth killed and his death would be probed by the CID. The two organisations had opposed the celebration of "British victory" in the battle.

Kharge said that the atrocities against Dalits has been on the rise in the country, alleging that such incidents have been occuring in the BJP-ruled states including Gujarat and Maharashtra. "He said that it was the Congress' habit to malign their image and accused JNU student Umar Khalid, who had come to attend the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon in Pune, for inciting the unrest".

Some Dalit organisations had chose to take out a march to the house of Milind Ekbote, who was booked by Pune police under relevant sections of the Prevention of Atrocities Act and "orchestrating" the violence in Bhima Koregaon on January 1. Groups of youths from Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi joined the protest, the police said.

Members of the Dalit community had gathered around the Victory Pillar erected by the British in Sanaswadi village when stone pelting started leading to the death of 28-year-old Rahul Fatangale.

Authorities have beefed up security in several cities, including Mumbai, as tension prevails in the state. "(NCP chief) Sharad Pawar has already said that everybody should try to ensure that there is peace and harmony", Tatkare said.

"They attacked us with lathis [clubs]", the young man identifying himself as Sumit said. "Maharashtra has a BJP government and they are responsible for the violence". "There is an attempt to create a social divide which we have to foil unitedly", she said.