Dalit caste protests in India hit Mumbai

Dalit caste protests in India hit Mumbai

Much of Mumbai was paralysed as thousands of protesters from Dalit groups blocked railway lines and major roads. Metro services too were partially shut following protests.

Protesters staged a rasta roko at Bandra Kalanagar, Dharavi Kumbharwada, Kamraj Nagar, Santoshnagar Dindoshi, Hanuman Nagar and Kandivali.

Mumbai's famed tiffin carriers "Dabbawalas" chose not to provide their services today.

In the aftermath, a day-long "Maharashtra bandh" was called by various Dalit and other organisations. "Customers may contact our Airport Ticketing Offices or call us on +91 9289228888 or +91 9958962222 for assistance", the airline said on Twitter.

Around 40,000 school buses are affiliated to SBOA in the state.

Dalit protesters descended on the tracks at Thane and Goregaon stations in the morning.

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Mumbai Police registered nine cases today in connection with violent protests in the city.

In Pune, barring a couple of incidents of stone pelting on public transport buses, the bandh was peaceful. "I have a mark here on my back from last night".

Protests erupted throughout the state of Maharashtra after a man was killed Monday in clashes surrounding a celebration of the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, when low-caste Dalits fought alongside the British to defeat a high-caste ruler.

Hundreds of Dalits were involved in the battle on the side of the British, forming part of battalion of 900 soldiers that repelled Peshwa forces numbering 20,000 by some estimates.

Roadblocks, arson and the death of a teenager were reported in towns elsewhere in the state where Dalits, formerly called untouchables, were protesting against the alleged disruption of a memorial event by Hindu nationalist groups.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha said attacks on Dalit increased ever since the BJP came to power 2014.

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