Maharashtra Bandh LIVE: Protest called off, BJP MLA’s house vandalised

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Updated: January 3, 2018 8:09:54 PM

Maharashtra Bandh Live Updates: Clashes between Dalit groups and supporters of right-wing Hindutva organisations broke out during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district on Monday, according to reports. Following the clash, there were calls for Mumbai Bandh.

Maharashtra Bandh Live Updates: The state is witnessing a complete shut down on Wednesday after violent protests erupted in several parts of Mumbai and Pune.

Maharashtra Bandh Live Updates: The state witnessed a complete shut down on Wednesday after violent protests erupted in several parts of Mumbai and Pune. In the wake of the violence, section 144 has been imposed in Thane district till midnight of January 4. Clashes between Dalit groups and Marathas broke out during the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district on Monday, according to reports. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Bombay High Court into the Pune violence and appealed for calm. Dalits are protesting against the violence in Pune and Thane district, with the agitators damaging buses and disrupting road and rail traffic. Bus operations have been affected as school buses in Mumbai stayed off roads as a precaution. While inter-state bus services from Karnataka-Maharashtra have temporarily been suspended as a precautionary measure. Internet services have also been suspended in Aurangabad. 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.

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8.15 pm: Just look at the history of the party (BJP) in last 3.5 years, you’ll know the facts. Whether it is Una, no Jignesh was there in Una, no Jignesh was there in Rohith Vemula (case): Kapil Sibal on the allegation against Jignesh Mevani of making provocative statements.

8.00 pm: Rail Roko by Dalits activists protest against the violence that took place in Pune in-wake of violence at Bhima Koregaon village in Pune district after Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar as called ‘Maharashtra bandh’, at Dadar, in Mumbai on Wednesday.

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7.45 pm: Clashes between the police and protesters were seen very often.

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7.30 pm: Roads were blocked by protesters as Mumbai Police remained spectator to violence.

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7.15 pm: Multiple clashes were reported between the police and protesters at various locations in the city of Mumbai.

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7.00 pm: Clashes between the police and protesters were seen very often.

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6.45 pm: Widespread protests across Mumbai city were seen following a bandh called on Wednesday.

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6.30 pm: Roads were blocked by protesters as Mumbai Police remained spectator to violence.

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6.15 pm: Visuals of protest today morning in Mumbai.

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6.00 pm: WATCH |

5.55 pm: Inquiry will be conducted in the incidents of violence that took place across Maharashtra. We are monitoring the CCTV footage of the violence: CM Devendra Fadnavis

5.45 pm: Western Railway also tweeted: WR is geared up to run all services during evening peak hours as per regular timetable for commuters to safely reach their destinations. Additional Security Staff deployed at stations. All lines are working. We wish a safe journey to our commuters.

5.30 pm: Earlier today, Western Railway tweeted: “They also There is no disruption on WR section in Mumbai.Suburban & Long Distance services are running on all lines. Efforts being made to provide local trains at regular interval/every 10 mins during evening peak hours. Administration & Security Forces on alert & monitoring the situation”

5.15 pm: Dalit protests reached Delhi earlier today. Around 50 students, including some from JNU, protest outside Maharashtra Sadan, in the heart of the city.

4: 52 pm: WATCH|

4: 44 pm:  BJP MLA’s house vandalised as per Times Now.

Here is a list of some of the congestion places as of now.

City
1. Mela Junction
2. Worli Naka
3. Malet / Orange Gate Junction.

Eastern Expressway
1.Sion Junction matunga
2.Amarmahal Junction
3.Chedanagar Junction
4.Ramabai Nagar
5. Mankhurd T Junction Govandi

LBS Road
1.Kamani jn kurla
2.Shreyas Junction Ghatkopar
3 Gandhinagar Ghatkopar

JVLR
1.IIT Powai maingate
2.Gandhinagar Ghatkopar

Eastern Freeway
1.IOC junction mankhurd
2.Panjrapol Trombay
3.Tunnel after bhaktipark

West
Akurli road & Samta nager

4:27 pm: Activist and grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar withdraws Maharashtra bandh call.

4:08 pm: There has been no death of a person from Dalit community. Wrong messages are being spread on social media, people have to be very cautious. The situation overall is peaceful in Maharashtra: Deepak Kesarkar, MoS, Home Rural.

Dalit workers during the Mumbai Bandh called by the RPI party at Charkop naka ,Kandivali west,Mumbai.
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3:54 pm: Dalit leaders to call off Maharashtra Bandh by 5 PM today, as per CNN News18 report.

3: 32 pm: Ghodbunder road towards Gaimukh and Ahmedabad is completely jammed. Only trucks are lined up on the road. Heavy containers, supply truck stopped on Ghodbunder road.

3: 25 pm: WATCH|

3: 17 pm: Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha said that the way violence was spread in Maharastra and the kind of speech that are being given, ministers should also have a look at it.

3: 10 pm: We condemn the statement by Law Minister, that we are raising Bhima Koregaon Violence issue to stall Triple Talaq Bill. We have been raising the issue of Dalit atrocities as this govt is anti-Dalit: Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha

2: 55 pm: WATCH|

2: 46 pm:  RSS denies involvement in violence, blames JNU brigade for it, as per CNN News18 report.

2: 42 pm: The Catholics Bishops’ Conference of India has condemned the violence against Dalits and appealed for peace and harmony in Maharashtra. As per the report by the Indian Express, it stated in a press released, “We are saddened by the disturbing reports of an uncalled for attack on Dalits in Pune, Maharashtra.”

2: 15 pm: This is an attempt to malign the RSS, says RSS leader Manmohan Vedya.

2: 07 pm: Tension from Maharashtra over clashes reaches New Delhi, as students and left groups took to streets in Delhi to protest against the caste clashes. Massive protests outside Maharashtra Sandan in Delhi have been witnessed.

2: 02 pm: Here is an update on what’s happening in Maharashtra, in case you have just joined us: Dalit protestors are holding ‘rasta rokho’ demonstrations in Mumbai and other parts of the state today. The protest has been violent in some places as trains in Goregaon, Virar, Thane and other suburban services were stalled. BEST buses and other public transport like autos and taxis on the roads were vandalised. Despite authorities trying to maintain calm and restore operations in the state, the situation has been really bad.

1: 53 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi evaded questions related to the clashes in Maharashtra.

1: 48 pm: Heavy Police deployment in Aurangabad, where stones were pelted and vehicles were vandalized by protesters.

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1: 42 pm: Protesting mob resorts to violence and damages ticket window at Dombivli East station.

1: 38 pm: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad hits out at BJP for the clashes in Maharashtra.

1: 32 pm:  SEE PHOTOS|  Koregaon Bhima violence hits normal life in Maharashtra

1: 30 pm: A complaint was lodged against Jignesh Mevani for making provocative statements, on which the Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said that Police must have acted if Jignesh Mevani’s speech was instigating. But he has no relation with this incident, he added.

1: 26 pm: Mumbai Police has notified about the traffic on Eastern Freeway. The department declares that the expressway is clear now.

1: 15 pm: ‘Rasta Roko’ protest being held in Andheri on the Western Express Highway

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1: 10 pm: Traffic on Western Expressway near Dahisar Naka and Aarey Jn is clear now. However, still affected near Thakur village.

1: 07 pm: Remaining services of AC local suspended for the day in view of protests. Other suburban services are being run amid intermittent protests at Elphinstone Rd, Goregaon, Dadar, Malad. There is no cancellation of Long Distance trains.

12: 58 pm: Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses and a car vandalized by protesters in Powai

12: 51 pm: According to Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPNL), 42 buses from its fleet were stoned since Tuesday. While since today morning, the number of buses being hit by stones stood at around 10 to 12m reported News 18.

12: 49 pm: The shutdown on Wednesday started on a peaceful note, barring a couple of incidents of stones being pelted on public transport buses, reported News 18. The bandh that was called out, received a mixed response in the city since morning with some shops doing business with their shutters partially up.

12: 45 pm: Protesters turn violent at Bandra Western expressway.

12: 42 pm: Both up & down lines, which were blocked by the protesters from 12.05 hrs have been evacuated at 12.24 hrs and train operations have resumed at Goregaon. Trains are delayed due to it: Western Railway, Mumbai

12: 40 pm: BJP’s Raosaheb Patil Danve in the Lok Sabha said that the Maharashtra government is doing everything in its power to control the situation. On the other hand, Congress is speaking the language of riots, he added. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 12.45 pm.

12: 36 pm: In series of tweet, Mumbai Police have adviced people to avoid using eastern freeway traffic affected due to Road Blockade at  Panjrapol junction. While, Kalanagar junction on western Expressway is clear now. Traffic at Eastern Expressway affected due to Traffic Blockade near Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar. Traffic has been diverted to avoid inconvenience.

12: 33 pm: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar spoke about Congress’ allegations over the Dalit agitations in Maharashtra. Watch this video-

12: 30 pm: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge says “Supreme Court judge should be appointed for inquiry in Bhima Koregaon Violence; PM should also give a statement, he can’t stay mum! He is a ‘Mauni baba on such issues'”

12: 23 pm: In the wake of Bhima-Koregaon violence, the issue was raised in Lok Sabha today. Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge in the Lok Sabha said that there are some facsist forces who want to oppress Dalits. He added, that injustices against Dalits in rural and urban areas are highly unfair. “Whenever Dalits try to live respectfully, there are some people who try to harm them and interrupt such efforts. This is what happened in Bhima-Koregaon,” Kharge further said. “Why did such an incident happen after years of peace at such an event? Recruitment of Dalits in the army was forbidden for thousands of years because they couldn’t carry weapons,” Kharge said, quoted the Firstpost.

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12: 12 pm: Traffic Update| Mumbai police have adviced the commuters to avoid using Western Express Highway and use S V road instead.

12: 10 pm: In the wake of Bhima Koregaon Violence and subsequent protests the n entire state of Maharashtra, security has been enhanced outside Maharashtra Sadan.

12: 07 pm: Four passengers got injured during the protest when Thane Municipal Transport buses and an auto-rickshaw were vandalized in Chendani Koliwada area. SEE PICTURES:

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12: 05 pm: Protesters have taken over the roads in Chembur in the wake of Mumbai Bandh. Watch Video-

12: 01 pm: Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till noon as several members sought to raise Bhima Koregaon violence issue.

11: 59 am: Metro services between Asalfa and Ghatkopar Metro station stopped by protesters.

11: 57 am: Shops have been forcibly being closed by protesters at NM Joshi Marg.

11: 55 am: Protests are being carried out across the state. Take a look at the visuals from Nagpur’s Shatabdi Square.

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11: 53 am: As per the report by Economic Times, the metro services between Ghatkopar and Airport Road station temporarily affected. While it is running normally between Airport Road and Versova; expected to resume in the next 15 minutes.

11: 50 am: During protests held in the city and the ouskirts on Tuesday, the Indian Express reported that at least 11 buses run by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and the Pune Municipal Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) were damaged.

11: 45 am: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take stock of the situation. He was told that all possible efforts were being made to ensures normalcy in the state, news agency Press Trust of India reported quoting sources. Chief Minister Fadnavis has ordered an inquiry by a sitting High Court judge into Monday’s violence.

11: 40 am: To keep a check on any case of violence, huge security forces have been deployed in Ghatkopar’s Ramabai Colony and Eastern Express Highway.

11: 38 am: Fearing the law and order issues in the city, Mumbai Dabbawala association on Tuesday decided not to run its delivery service. Confirming the news, Association head Subhash Talekar said means of transportation difficult for delivery of tiffins on time during bandh.

11: 35 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon as several members sought to raise Bhima Koregaon violence issue.

11: 32 am: The Mumbai police have said extra forces have been requisitioned and deployed in areas where they anticipate trouble. The police have also identified areas where internet could be suspended if needed to control rumours on social media, reported NDTV.

11: 29 am: Mumbai Police has adviced the commuters to avoid Kalanagar and MMRDA Junction for some time due to Rasta roko.

11: 26 am: Protesters continue to block Eastern Express Highway. Here are the visuals from Bhima Koregaon Violence:

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11: 10 am: Railway tracks have been evacuated and train operations have resumed at Nallasopara/Virar from 10.30 hrs.

10: 58 am: Situation continues to remain tense across Maharashtra as Congress and SP have notices in both houses over the Maha Caste clash.

10: 53 am: Security arrangements in Dandekar pool in view of protests over Bhima Koregaon Violence, DCP Pravin Mundhe says, ‘we appeal all citizens to carry on with their daily routine. There will be peace in the city. Don’t trust rumours being spread on social media’

10: 50 am: A large number of protesters have occupied the railway tracks at Nallasopara Station, disrupting rail traffic. Administration & security forces are making all efforts to normalize the train operations-Western Railway.

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10: 43 am: Commuters stranded due to less number of auto-rickshaws & other transport in Mumbai, rickshaw driver in Mulund says, ‘we are supporting this bandh only because we are scared of our loss. They can vandalize anything here’

10: 39 am: Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader and Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav give adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the Bhima-Koregaon Violence, CPI(M) leader D raja also gives a zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha over “increasing atrocities against Dalits”.

10: 36 am: A group of protesters tried to block the eastern expressway at Ghatkopar. Timely intervention of the police foiled their attempt.

10: 33 am:  Inter-state bus services from Karnataka-Maharashtra have temporarily been suspended as a precautionary measure.

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10: 31 am: Congress MP Rajni Patil to raise the Koregaon clashes issue today in RS

10: 28 am: Protesters halt buses, auto-rickshaws at Lal Bahadur Shastri Road in Thane, also deflate bus tyres.

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10: 25 am: Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader and Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Bhima Koregaon Violence.

10: 18 am: Internet services have been suspended in Aurangabad, bus operations also affected.

10: 15 am: Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal gives adjournment motion notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha on Bhima Koregaon Violence.

10: 13 am: Protesters seen gathering at Ghatkopar’s Ramabai Colony, police personnel also at the site.

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10: 09 am: The PM should come and live like a Dalit to experience what a Dalit goes through, says Jignesh Mevan. Watch Video-

10: 06 am: Many shops and establishments also opened for work as usual in the city and suburbs and there were the familiar crowds on roads and highways.

10: 03 am: “All trains services running normal in Pune division, security in place to maintain the situation” says Divisional Security Commissioner D Vikas

10: 00 am: “It was left for the parents to decide if they want to send their their children to school, hardly 50 students came today. So now we are even sending them back home, teachers will also leave thereafter” says a teacher at Mumbai’s Young Ladies High School

9: 58 am: “Very less auto-rickshaws and buses on roads today. This is troublesome for the entire state, particularly people who have to go to offices” says a commuter waiting for transport at Thane’s Vartak Nagar

9: 55 am: In Mumbai, colleges and schools opened as usual but schoolbuses stayed off roads as a precaution. One private school bus was stoned in Chembur but there were no injuries. Though many taxi-auto rickshaw unions have supported the shutdown, the city’s lifeline, the suburban trains and the BEST (Bombay Electric Supply And Transport) buses services were plying near-normally.  Some autos and taxis were seen plying in various areas, but the famed Dabbawalas cancelled their services for the day.

9: 45 am: A mob pelted stones towards a private bus which was on educational tour in Aurangabad district. Around 40 students from Gagangiri Vidyalaya, Pandharpur tehsil, Solapur district were on board. A teacher and a student are injured in the incident. The incident occurred around 7 am today near Deogiri school, Daultabad fort, 13 km from Aurangabad.

9: 34 am: While Abasaheb Garware College in Pune diplayed a notice saying, ‘No practicals, lectures today.

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9: 30 am: Many schools have been shut in Thane today.

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9: 22 am: People seen waiting near Thane’s Vartak Nagar due to less auto-rickshaws and other transport in the state today.

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9: 15 am: Bus services towards Pune’s Baramati and Satara suspended till further orders.

9: 04 am: “A case has been registered against two persons at Pune’s Pimpri Police Station,” DCP Ganesh Shinde was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI as he referred to the Bhima Koregaon violence, reported NDTV.

9: 02 am: RECAP | Congress president Rahul Gandhi called the event to celebrate the Bhima-Koregaon battle as a “potent symbol” of resistance to RSS-BJP’s “fascist vision”. “A central pillar of the RSS/BJPs fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance,” he tweeted.

9: 00 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in Parliament today on the situation in Maharashtra.

8: 58 am: Mumbai Dabbawallas Association decide to not run its delivery service, today; head of the association Subhash Talekar says “means of transportation difficult for delivery of tiffins on time during Maharashtra Bandh”

8: 53 am:  Mumbai Police advises residents : “Don’t believe or spread rumors, continue with your routine activities. Police administration is geared up to deal with any untoward situation.”

8: 49 am: “Few protestors tried to disrupt Railway services at Thane but were immediately cleared by RPF and GRP officials. Services are running uninterrupted on Central Railway as of now” says CPRO Central Railway

8: 47 am: Several towns and cities in Maharashtra were on edge on Tuesday as Dalit protests against yesterday’s violence in Pune spilled over to capital Mumbai, with agitators damaging scores of buses, and disrupting road and rail traffic, officials said. Today section 144 imposed in Thane district till midnight of January 4.

8: 44 am: Watch Video-

8: 38 am: RECAP | BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday targeted the BJP and RSS over the violence in Maharashtra claiming that it seemed “casteist forces” were behind the clashes while also blaming the state government for not making adequate arrangements to prevent them. “The incident which occurred could have been prevented. The government should have made adequate security arrangements. There is BJP government in the state, they let violence take place. It seems casteist forces like the BJP and RSS are behind the violence,” Mayawati said.

8: 36 am: Air India has decided to waive ticket cancellation/rescheduling charges for its flights to and from Mumbai for today and tomorrow, a senior airline official said. However, private carrier Jet Airways provided the waiver to its customers only for today. “Due to the ongoing unrest in Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad, date/flight change, refund, no-show penalties and fare difference if any, are waived off on all confirmed tickets issued for Jet Airways flights into/out of the respective cities for travel date January 2, 2018,” said Jet Airways in a statement.

8: 30 am: Domestic carriers, including the government-owned Air India, have waived charges for ticket cancellations and no show due to the ongoing unrest in parts of Maharashtra. Air India said it will not charge any fee for cancellation of tickets or rescheduling of a journey to/from Mumbai on January 2 and 3.

8: 28 am: Protesters in Maharashtra halted a train at Thane Railway Station over.

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8: 24 am: According to CNN-News18battalions of Rapid Action Force have been deployed in Mumbai, especially in eastern suburbs like Chembur, which was affected by violence on Tuesday.
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8: 22 am: The police on Tuesday had filed a criminal case against two pro-Hindutva leaders under sections of the IPC for attempt to murder, rioting and sections of the Prevention of Atrocities Act. As per the report, the leaders are Milind Ekbote, 60, of Samast Hindu Aghadi and Sambhaji Bhide, 85, of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan. Ekbote, formerly a corporator, said the case against him was “completely false.”

8: 20 am: Also Read| Koregaon-Bhima clash: All you need to know about the violence that led to Mumbai Bandh calls

8: 18 am: The clashes broke out at Bhima-Koregaon when people were headed towards the war memorial in the village, about 30 km from Pune city, the police had said. Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, which the forces of the British East India Company had won over those of the Peshwa. Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community — then considered untouchables — were part of the East India Company’s forces. The Peshwas were Brahmins and the victory was seen as a symbol of assertiveness by Dalits.

8: 15 am: As a precautionary measure, Section 144 has been imposed in Thane district till midnight of January 4.

8: 12 am: On Tuesday, Maharashtra witnessed traffic jam in Mumbai’s Deonar area due to protests post.

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8: 11 am: Visuals from Chembur of shutdown, take a look:

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8: 09 am: Activist and grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar gave a call for Maharashtra bandh today.

8: 07 am: Won’t run school buses in Mumbai today, can’t risk students’ safety and security. Will take a second decision at 11 AM if we can run them in the second half, depending on the situation: Anil Garg, School Bus Owners’ Association

8: 04 am: Anil Garg, president of SBOA, told PTI, “For security reasons, we have decided not to ply our buses in the first shift tomorrow. If the situation remains peaceful, we will run the buses in the second shift” Garg said on Tuesday.

8: 02 am: School students may be inconvenienced as school buses will stay off the roads in Mumbai in view of the Maharashtra bandh called by Dalit outfits. The School Bus Owners’ Association (SBOA) said it would not operate its fleet of 40,000 buses today.

7: 58 am: The violence  reportedly came in the wake of the death of a 30-year-old Maratha youth and injuries to several persons in clashes that broke out in villages around Bhima Koregaon near Pune on the 200th anniversary of the battle between British forces, including Mahar troops, and the Peshwa army.

7: 53 am: Angry Dalits hit the streets in Mumbai, Pune and at least nine districts across Maharashtra Tuesday alleging they were targeted in clashes that broke out the previous day.

7: 49 am: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has alleged political conspiracy behind the Bhima-Koregaon violence and the subsequent tension that spread to other parts of Maharashtra. “Today, there is work underway to divide our state on caste lines, and all of it is a political conspiracy,” Raut told ANI and added that leaders in the past had never let the state be divided on caste lines.

7: 46 am: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Tuesday condemned the ongoing caste violence in Pune, Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.”The recent incidents at Koregaon, Pune and various other places in Maharashtra are very sad and painful. RSS strongly condemns such violence and feels it is despicable,” a statement by RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachaar Pramukh Dr. Manmohan Vaidya read.

7: 42 am: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the Bombay High Court into the Pune violence, and appealed for calm. He said it needed to be ascertained if there was a conspiracy behind Monday’s violence.
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7: 30 am: An event led by Dalits to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army, turned violent on Monday afternoon when a clash broke out, leaving at least one person dead. Following the clash, there were calls for Mumbai Bandh.

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