Caste violence spread in Maharashtra


Govt orders judicial inquiry

Agencies, Pune/Mumbai Violence flared up on Tuesday in many parts of Maharashtra and state capital Mumbai as members of two communities clashed over marking of the 200th anniversary of Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district in which one person was killed and several others injured. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a judicial inquiry into incident as tension prevailed in seven districts of Western Maharashtra. “The situation is bad and there is trouble in all directions,” said Ramesh Galande, inspector of the Shikrapur police station, under whose jurisdiction Koregaon falls. “We are still investigating which groups were involved in this.” The police had imposed Section 144 in the area since Monday. A 35-year old man with severe head injuries was stated to have died at the government-run Sassoon hospital. The government has announced a Rs.10 lakh compensation to the family members of the youth. In Mumbai, hundreds of people stalled train operations at Mulund, Chembur, Bhandup, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Vikhroli and Nehru Nagar in Kurla. Local train services on the Harbour line were affected between Chembur and Govandi and the central railway suspended suburban services between Kurla and Vashi on its harbour corridor and is running special services between CSMT-Kurla and Vashi-Panvel section. As a precautionary measure, schools were shut in the metropolis. Heavy deployment of police was seen in various parts of the city. A bandh was observed in Thane district. Police have detained more than 100 people over different locations in relation to the clashes. Chief Minister Fadnavis on Tuesday announced a judicial inquiry into the violence that took place on Monday when people were heading towards a war memorial to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district. The inquiry committee would be headed by a sitting High Court judge and action will be taken against those who were spreading rumours on social media, Fadnavis told reporters here. The Chief Minister urged people not to spread rumours and maintain calm. ‘Fascist vision’ of BJP-RSS’ responsible for violence against dalits: Rahul New Delhi: Slamming the BJP and the RSS over riots in the village of Koregaon-Bhima in Maharashtra, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the ‘Fascist vision’ of the BJP-RSS was responsible for the violence against dalits. Taking to social media, Rahul said,’’A central pillar of the RSS/BJP’s fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance.’’ Violence erupted in parts of Maharashtra, including Pune and Mumbai, on Tuesday. , a day after clashes between two groups during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district.