Maharashtra cripples owing to the protest, CM keeps mum

People of Maharashtra want development and not conflict says Fadnavis

Violence erupted in Pune district on January 1 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.

Moily said it was "most unfortunate" that the Bombay Police never anticipated this kind of enormous eruption.

After a fierce slugfest in the Rajya Sabha over the ongoing Bhima-Koregaon violence in Pune, the Congress on Wednesday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for never taking a stand in support of Dalits in the parliament.

Later, announcing the bandh withdrawal, he alleged right wing leaders Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote were behind the Pune violence and demanded that they be arrested and made to face the same legal process as Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Memon.

Dalit groups protest at Thane railway station during Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday after clashes in Bhima Koregaon near Pune.

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Hundreds of Dalits, formerly known as untouchables, blocked roads and train lines attacking buses disrupting transportation and closure of schools and shops, reported the Guardian.

Mumbai: Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra ordered a judicial probe in to the Bhima - Koregaon combustion.

The right-wing groups were objecting to the observance of "Victory Day" since they considered it to be an anti-national celebration. Dalits began protests in suburban Chembur, Ghatkopar, Kamraj Nagar, Vikhroli, Dindoshi, Kandivali, Jogeshwari, Kalanagar and Mahim, police said.

The battle involved hundreds of Dalit fighting on the side of the British, with nearly 900 soldiers that deterred Peshwa forces estimated to be nearly 20,000. A large section of Dalits view the historical battle as the defeat of the "casteism" of upper-caste Peshwas. "Rasta Roko" protest was being held in Andheri on the Western Express Highway. Angry Dalit protestors hit the street in several districts of the state, hampering daily life.

Live Updates: Maharashtra Bandh Today; State on edge after Violence, Protests: - The state Maharashtra is reportedly on edge post the anniversary of a battle fought 200 years ago which bring the tension of Maharashtra in the form of simmering caste tensions or trauma. "The police find it hard to manage crowds and they have to undergo severe stress to bring situation under control during bandh". Dr.Manmohan Vaidya, Akhil Bharatiya Prachaar Pramukh, issued a statement after violence spread to different cities of Maharashtra. "There is an attempt to create a social divide which we have to foil unitedly", she said.

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