The Maharashtra bandh, called to protest the violence after an event to mark the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle, turned violent on Wednesday even as rail and road traffic was disrupted in the city. Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader and Dalit icon B. R. Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar had called for Maharashtra bandh to protest the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government’s “failure” to stop the violence at Bhima Koregaon village in Pune district two days ago.
Normal life in Mumbai was disrupted as protesters attacked city buses, stopped suburban local services and blocked roads at various places in the city. Dalits began protests in suburban Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kamraj Nagar, Vikhroli, Dindoshi, Kandivali, Jogeshwari, Kalanagar and Mahim, police said. Hundreds of protesters tried to block the Western Express Highway in the morning, but were moved from the spot by police.
Mumbai Police on Wednesday registered nine cases in connection with Tuesday’s violent protests. Over 100 people have been detained in the city since Tuesday.