After Mumbai and Pune, Dalit protests over Bhima-Koregaon violence spread to Gujarat
The Dalits protests that erupted in Maharashtra over killing of a youth in Bhima-Koregaon in Pune has now unfold to Gujarat. A day after Maharashtra bandh, protesters took to streets in Junagarh in Gujarat.
Agitating over the killing of the Dalit youth in Pune, protesters on Thursday blocked the Madhuram bypass highway in Junagarh, hitting highway site visitors within the area.
#Gujarat: Agitating over #BhimaKoregaonViolence, protesters block Madhuram by-pass highway in Junagarh, site visitors affected. pic.twitter.com/TeJLR9ImA1
— ANI (@ANI) January four, 2018
The administration acted swiftly to minimise any injury because of the protests. Buses stationed at Junagarh bus depot had been shifted to a division workshop within the space to forestall any injury.
Buses in Junagarh shifted from depots to a division workshop with the intention to forestall injury, within the wake of protests spreading to Gujarat #MaharashtraBhimaKoregaonViolence pic.twitter.com/QlCzbQ4iup
— ANI (@ANI) January four, 2018
This got here at the same time as an occasion of Gujarat MLA and Dalit chief Jignesh Mevani was cancelled by police in Mumbai. The Mumbai Police reportedly sealed the venue of Mevani’s occasion, which was additionally slated to be attended by JNU pupil chief Umar Khalid.
A number of college students, who got here to the venue to attend the occasion, had been both evicted or detained by the police. The organisers of the occasion, Sachin Bansode and Sagar Balerao had been additionally detained the police.
The authorities claimed that this has been executed to take care of legislation and order within the metropolis, a day after the Maharashtra bandh known as by Dalit leaders over Bhima-Koregaon violence.
The cancellation of the occasion additionally led to minor clashes between pupil teams and the police.
The Mumbai Police had earlier acquired a number of complaints in opposition to Mevani and Khalid for making “provocative” speeches at an occasion right here on December 31.
Mevani and Khalid had attended the “Elgar Parishad”, an occasion organised to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon, at Shaniwar Wada within the metropolis on December 31.
In response to the complainants, Akshay Bikkad and Anand Dhond, Mevani and Khalid had made “provocative” feedback on the occasion.
In the meantime, normalcy returned in Mumbai a day after the Maharashtra bandh known as by the Dalit outfits to protest in opposition to the lethal Bhima-Koregaon violence in Pune.
The developments come three days after violent clashes between Dalit teams and supporters of right-wing Hindutva organisations in the course of the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district left a person useless.
The clashes broke out at Bhima-Koregaon when folks had been headed in the direction of the battle memorial within the village, about 30 km from Pune metropolis, the police had stated.
Dalit teams had been celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, which the forces of the British East India Firm had gained over these of the Peshwa.
Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory as it’s believed that troopers from the Mahar group — then thought of untouchables — had been a part of the East India Firm’s forces. The Peshwas had been Brahmins and the victory was seen as an emblem of assertiveness by Dalits.