Maharashtra orders judicial probe into Pune violence

RSTV Bureau
Pune: Police men guard after a violence broke out  during celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, in Pune, Jan 2, 2018. PTI

Pune: Police men guard after a violence broke out during celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, in Pune, Jan 2, 2018.
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Heavy police presence donned the streets in the parts of Mumbai as protest intensified over the issue of Monday’s violence during the event marking the 200th anniversary of Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident, where one person was killed and some left injured.

The protest, however, continued on Tuesday with even local train service getting disrupted in parts of the financial capital.

According to reports, the protesters blocked roads in several areas of Mumbai, forced shops to shut down and also attacked a journalist of a television news channel.

In a latest development, 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. An announcement regarding the same is being made at all stations of the central railway.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said a judicial inquiry has been ordered into the violence which erupted during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district.

“A sitting High Court judge will head the inquiry,” Fadnavis said.

File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
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Protesting against Tuesday’s violence, several groups of people took our march in the eastern suburbs of Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi, and forced shops and establishments to shut down, an official said.

A news channel journalist was attacked by a group of protesters in the Amar Mahal area. However, he escaped unhurt, eyewitnesses said.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Priyadarshini, Kurla, Sidharth Colony and Amar Mahal areas on the Eastern Express Highway, took out processions and raised slogans against the government and the administration, he said.

The event to mark 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army, was yesterday marred by incidents of violence, in which one person was killed.

Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community – then considered untouchable — were part of the East India Company’s forces.

However, some right-wing groups in Pune had expressed opposition to celebration of the British victory.

The Mumbai police has issued a statement appealing people not to believe in rumours and to verify facts with the police before posting anything on social media.

(With inputs from PTI)