Bhima-Koregaon violence: Maha govt to review CCTV footage

Maharashtra violence over Pune clashes LIVE Updates

Maharashtra violence over Pune clashes LIVE Updates

The bandh that began on Wednesday morning and crippled several cities including Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad was called off at around 4 pm.

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. Ambedkar had given the strike call on Tuesday after wide-spread protests in Mumbai. He said what is happening in Maharashtra is disturbing and alleged that the perpetrators behind the caste violence were "intimately known" to Prime Minister Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

"We had given an adjournment notice in the Rajya Sabha for taking up the issue of violence against Dalits in Maharashtra, but our voice was suppressed and live telecast was stopped", he told reporters.

Several incidents of road and rail route blockades were reported during the day as protesters took to streets for blocking major road, rail routes.

The clash has now spilled over to Mumbai, causing traffic and railway crisis. The bus services towards Baramati and Satara have been suspended so far.

Schools and colleges were open in Mumbai but most students remained absent.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lashed out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), blaming them for the Bhima-Koregaon violence in Maharashtra. Metro services were also suspended for a short while in certain sections.

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On the Western Railway, protesters obstructed services at Nallasopara station.

The busy Mumbai-Pune highway was blocked for almost an hour.

Schools across the city and in Pimpri-Chinchwad made a decision to stay shut as many school buses and vans refused service. "Rasta Roko" protest was being held in Andheri on the Western Express Highway.

The family of the deceased alleged that the youth - Yogesh Prahlad Jadhav - was seriously injured during police caning to clear a road block.

On Wednesday, 55 buses were vandalised, roads were blocked in 21 places and 70 protest marches passed through the city, according to Rashmi Shukla, commissioner of Pune police.

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar said that the Maharashtra government "failed" in controlling the violence.

The Battle of Koregaon ended with the British-led Mahar soldiers defeating the Peshwas.

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