Mumbai, Jan 2: Traffic congestion was reported from different parts of Mumbai as the city witnessed sporadic protests on Tuesday, a day after at least one person was killed and several vehicles were torched in Pune in clashes between Dalits and Marathas during an event on the on the 200th anniversary of the Koregaon Bhima battle.
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Both Dalit and Maratha groups staged ‘Rasta Roko’ protests across Mumbai bringing traffic to a grinding halt. Local train services were also hit on the Harbour line.
“Due to certain agitations, traffic congestion is reported on Eastern Express Highway (at Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Cheda Nagar and Kamraj Nagar), Sion Panvel Road at Chembur Naka, JVLR near Powai,” Mumbai Police said. (ALSO READ: Bhima Koregaon Clashes: Check Mumbai Local Train Status on Harbour Line, Road Traffic Jams in Chembur, Mulund, Sion Amid Protests)
Routes to Avoid:
Vikroli north and south bound diverted to LBS road.
JVLR diverted towards Saki Vihar
Sion Panvel Highway diverted at Umarshi Bappa Chowk to Jhama Mahal Chowk to Panjrapol
Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a probe by a Bombay High Court judge into the Pune riots which left one person dead and said the family of a young man killed in the violence will get Rs 10 lakh.
Fadnavis’ move came after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar blamed the Maharashtra administration for lapses leading to Monday’s riots and appealed for peace.
The disturbances erupted in the village of Koregaon-Bhima on January 1 during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Anglo-Maratha War between the Army of Peshwa Bajirao II with a small force of East India Company that comprised a large number of Dalits.