Mumbai bandh LIVE UPDATES: Dalit groups have called for a state-wide bandh today, while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has sought a debate in the Rajya Sabha over the incident.
Mumbai Bandh: Dalit groups have called for a state-wide bandh on Wednesday in protest of the violent clashes that broke out on January 1. At least five lakh members of the community had gathered in villages around Bhima Koregaon near Pune to attend an event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon. Dalits had clashed with members of the Maratha group, resulting in the death of a 30-year-old youth. Several others were injured.
On Tuesday, members of the Dalit community staged protests in Mumbai, Pune and at least nine other districts in the state, calling for action against the Marathas, and alleging they were targeted on Monday.
Mumbai bandh LIVE UPDATES:
here’s a quick update on what’s happening in Maharashtra. Dalit groups have called for a bandh across the state, in response to clashes which broke out on Monday with members of the Maratha community. Protestors are staging a rasta rokho (block the route) protest in parts of the city, including Thane, Goregaon and Virar.
There is heavy deployment of police in the city, to ensure the situation remains calm. There are very few taxis and autos plying in the city, due to the bandh. Follow our blog for all the latest news, traffic updates and political reactions coming in.
Since last night, Uber and Ola taxis have not been plying in Mumbai. Shivani Tripathi, who works at Goregaon’s Nesco IT park, tells The Indian Express, “I have been trying to look for a cab since half an hour to reach office. Cab services on Ola are not available.” A resident of Andheri, Tripathi says that even autos on road are very few.
Social media is being closely monitored, WhatsApp was used to spread hate messages and gather protestors on Tuesday. “Application-based messenger services like WhatsApp played a crucial role in spreading hate messages and seeking support of the protesters to join in the protest,” he said. In some areas, such as Aurangabad, Pune (Rural) and Ratnagiri, internet services have been suspended as a precautionary measure.
Trains were halted at Virar and Goregaon stations this morning for around half an hour, but later resumed, according to the Western Railways PRO. Protesters have been staging a ‘rasta rokho andolan‘ since Tuesday.