Mumbai, Jan 2: Following clashes between Dalit and Maratha community people during an event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, road traffic and local train services on Harbour Line were severely affected on Tuesday. Protesters attempted ‘Raasta Roko’ in Mulund, Chembur, Bhandup, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar and Nehru Nagar in Kurla. Traffic on Eastern expressway and at Chembur Naka was also affected due to protest. Several schools and colleges were also shut in Mumbai as a precautionary measure. (ALSO READ: Bhima Koregaon Violence Live Updates: Tension Grips Mumbai, Section 144 Imposed)
Update: Special train services are being run on Harbour Line between CSMT-Kurla and Mankhurd. All other services on Central Railway running normally. Traffic towards Mumbai on Eastern Express Highway has now resumed near Chembur. Traffic towards thane still blocked. Bhima Koregaon Violence: Routes to Avoid in Mumbai
Local trains on Harbour Line was affected due to ‘Rail Roko’ near Govandi and Chembur. Roads were blocked in Chembur, Mulund and Sion areas of Mumbai with incidents of stone pelting being reported. In Chembur and Mulund, protesters forced shop owners to close their shops. Public transport including BEST buses was also attacked by protesters. In a tweet, Mumbai Police said traffic on Eastern expressway, which was affected due to protests, is moving now. Traffic at Chembur Naka is still affected. (ALSO READ: Bhima-Koregaon Battle Anniversary Event Marred by Violence: What Happened in 1818)
Protests erupted after an event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district was marred by incidents of violence on Monday, with at least one person getting killed. Clashes broke out when a large group of people was celebrating the January 1, 1818, victory of British troops over Peshwa Bajirao II’s army in Koregaon Bhima. Some Dalit leaders and thinkers view its outcome as a victory of oppressed classes over the upper-caste establishment of those times.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the government will request the Supreme Court to conduct a judicial inquiry into the clashes during celebrations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon in Pune district. Fadnavis further said that the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Maharashtra Police will conduct an inquiry into the death of a youth during the violence.