Maharashtra violence: Shiv Sena tears into Centre

Maharashtra violence: Shiv Sena tears into Centre

Dr.Manmohan Vaidya, Akhil Bharatiya Prachaar Pramukh, issued a statement after violence spread to different cities of Maharashtra.

Dalit protesters burn a bike at Vikroli in Mumbai on Wednesday during a protest over Bhima Koregaon violence.

"Since the early hours of Wednesday, the impact of the bandh â€" called by Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh founder Prakash Ambedkar and several Dalit, Left and progressive organisations - was felt across the state, including Mumbai. A lot of Dalit party workers got on to the streets and staged their protests.

The protesters also halted buses, auto-rickshaws at Lal Bahadur Shastri Road in Thane and deflated bus tyres. Thirteen buses of the civic transport service "BEST" were also damaged by demonstrators and things are said to be solved in the evening time. His organization Hindu Ekta Aghadi has been at the forefront of anti- Valentine's day protests in the state.

Dalit demonstrators actually tried to block tracks at the railway station route of Thane at today morning, but they have chased away soon anyway.

Aurangabad University rescheduled exams as candidates could not make it to the centres, while internet services were suspended in the global tourist hotspot.

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Policemen accompany the Dalits protestors as they stage a protest against the violence in Bhima Koregaon area of Pune, in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Protesters attacked buses, stopped suburban trains and blocked roads at various places in Mumbai as normal life was hit in the city and other parts of Maharashtra during the bandh. We need to find out who has instigated the further protests. Schools were not closed but students did not attend school in large numbers. The Maharashtra government had failed to beef up security prior to the event which resulted into violence.

Violence erupted in Pune district when Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which the forces of the British East India Company defeated the Peshwa's army.

The right-wing groups were objecting to the observance of "Victory Day" since they considered it to be an anti-national celebration. As an argument between some assembled Dalits and right-wing groups spun out of control, a 28-year-old Maratha was killed.

Regarding this tension is Maharashtra, Jignesh Mewani tweeted, "Maharashtra government must ensure rule of law". Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other leaders have appealed people to maintain peace and harmony. Majority were Dalit protesters.

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