The event was organised to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army.
Traffic services in and around both the major cities were disrupted as the protesting groups staged ‘Rasta Roko’ in several parts. According to a report, the Sion-Panvel highway has been blocked by protesting Dalit organisations. Local train services have been hit on the Harbour Line between Chembur and Govandi following protests in Mumbai.
Several schools and colleges in Mumbai have been closed following protests intensifying in the city.
Four companies of state reserve police (SRP) and nearly 400 extra policemen from Mumbai police have been deployed in Chembur, Mulund, Kurla, Govandi areas. Riot police have been deployed in Chembur.
Ambedkar also said, “The judicial inquiry ordered by the CM is not acceptable to us. The judge should have the powers to collect evidence and to punish the culprits. The inquiry should be conducted by a non-Dalit judge.”
Stone-pelting has been reported at the Fine Arts junction in Amar Mahal, Ghatkopar, and Chembur. Bus services to Ahmednagar and Aurangabad have been suspended following the Bhima Koregaon violence. Following reports of clashes and protests, several offices have downed their shutters with Mumbaikars leaving early for home, the report added.
Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community — then considered untouchable — were part of the East India Company’s forces. However, some right-wing groups in Pune had expressed opposition to celebration of the ‘British’ victory.
Incidents of stone-pelting and vandalism occurred at Bhima Koregaon in Shiroor tehsil in the afternoon on Monday when people were heading for the war memorial in the village, the police said.orces. However, some right-wing groups in Pune had expressed opposition to celebration of the ‘British’ victory.