Mumbai, Jan 3: Dalit organisations have called for ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ to protest against the caste-based violence during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district. Angry Dalits staged rail and road blockades in Mumbai and carried out similar protests in different parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday. Following the call for a statewide strike, additional forces have been deployed in sensitive areas of the state. We will be giving live updates on ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ and protest across the state. Also Read - Corona Cases Surge In Maharashtra: Thane, Pune Worst-Hit. District-Wise Full List Here

The violence erupted on Monday at an event to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon in which the British Army comprising Dalits had defeated the Peshwas. A large section of Dalits views the historical battle as the defeat of the ‘casteism’ of upper-caste Peshwas. Alleging inaction by police, Dalit youths swooped onto the roads and blocked traffic movement in Chembur, Mankhurd, Ghatkopar and Bhandup. Scores of Dalit youth blocked the Harbor Line near Govandi and Chembur leading to disruption of local train services. Also Read - Tigress Avni's Offspring Found Injured in Forest, Undergoing Treatment

Other parts of Maharashtra, including Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Dhule, Beed, Nashik, Pune, Solapur, Thane and Palghar also witnessed similar protest and incidents of stone pelting. At least 25 buses of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, besides private luxury buses and other vehicles, were damaged in stone pelting by riotous mobs. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge and a CID investigation into the Koregaon-Bhima incident. Stay with us to catch live news updates on Maharashtra Bandh. Also Read - Weekend Lockdown Imposed in Nashik Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases. What's Allowed, What's Not

Live Updates

  • 4:48 PM IST

    The bandh has now been called off. Here’s all that happened during the day. For more news, go to

  • 4:30 PM IST
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  • 4:17 PM IST

    Maharashtra Bandh has now been called off by Prakash Ambedkar of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh Party. He also grandson of BR Ambedkar

  • 4:14 PM IST

    Protesters have still blocked the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road in Mumbai. There are no vehicles on the Eastern Express Highway due to the blockade.

  • 4:03 PM IST

    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 on Bhima Koregaon Violence

  • 4:02 PM IST

    Traffic on the Western Expressway in Mumbai is now running smooth as police have cleared roads that were blocked by protesters. Traffic on Eastern Expressway remains affected.

  • 3:59 PM IST

    The Dalit leaders are expected to call off the Maharashtra bandh at 5 pm.

  • 3:31 PM IST

    Due to shortage of ground staff at Mumbai Airport, there is a delay of 45 minutes to 2 hours in flight operations here.

  • 3:31 PM IST

    The shooting of television serials in Film City in Mumbai’s Goregaon was hampered. Shooting of some TV soaps had to be stalled midway.

  • 3:24 PM IST

    Schools remained shut in Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad today. Some schools and colleges were open in Nagpur.