Dalit protesters enforce shutdown, fresh complaint against Hindutva duo

In Mumbai, protesters targeted buses, obstructed suburban local services and blocked roads at key points as shops and establishments in large parts of the suburbs remained shut throughout the day.

| Mumbai/pune | Updated: January 4, 2018 5:32 am
Maharashtra bandh turns violent as Mumbai grinds to a halt; rail, road traffic hit Maharashtra bandh: The Mumbai police restrain protesters at Worli. (Express Photo/Nirmal Hariharan)

Normal life in Mumbai, Pune and several towns of Maharashtra was disrupted Wednesday as a state-wide bandh called by Dalit groups led to a near-complete shutdown. In Mumbai, protesters targeted buses, obstructed suburban local services and blocked roads at key points as shops and establishments in large parts of the suburbs remained shut throughout the day.

The bandh, withdrawn around 5 pm, was called by Bharatiya Republican Party Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar in protest against clashes in villages around Bhima Koregaon near Pune on the 200th anniversary of the battle between British forces, including Mahar troops, and the Peshwa army.

A second complaint was filed against Hindutva leaders Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote. They were accused of inciting violence during the battle commemoration anniversary. The complaint, police said, will be attached to the first FIR that was filed against the two Tuesday. Also Read: Protests bring Maratha-Dalit rift out in the open

Thirty-five-year-old Sushma Andhare, an office-bearer of an organisation working for the welfare of nomadic tribes, who was in Bhima Koregaon for the celebrations, filed a complaint against Bhide and Ekbote. Andhare, in her complaint said, when she and some others reached Shikrapur toll booth, a huge mob carrying saffron flags attacked them. The mob was pelting stones, she said.

“In the past, there was never any opposition to people going to Bhima Koregaon. But this time it was planned conspiracy by Bhide and Ekbote to orchestrate violence and incite riots by spreading communal hatred. The two were not present at the spot, but that does not mean they were not behind these acts,” Andhare alleged. READ: What was the Battle of Koregaon?

Ekbote and Bhide’s supporters have denied the charges. Senior inspector Mukund Mahajan of Yerawada police station, where the complaint was filed, said it will be forwarded to Shikrapur police station and attached to the FIR filed Tuesday.

Dalit group took out a morcha from mula road on Pune mumbai highway and moving towards millind ekbote’s house on Wednesday. (Express Photo/Arul Horizon)

In Mumbai, police personnel, including riot control police, were deployed at “sensitive locations” including Ramabai Nagar in Ghatkopar, Worli Naka, Amar Mahal in Chembur, Thane and near most railway stations. Despite police presence, rail services were hit repeatedly by rail rokos at various stations including Virar, Thane, Goregaon, Chembur and Govandi. Later in the afternoon, protesters also managed to block the tracks at Dadar. The newly introduced AC local service was suspended after it managed to only reach Vasai from Virar.

Government Railway Police (GRP) commissioner Niket Kaushik said, “While the harbour line and western railway had intermittent problems, the central line was impacted in a big way. Ghatkopar and Kanjurmarg railway stations faced major problems with some seats at Kanjurmarg police station being thrown on the railway tracks. We will register FIRs in the case.”

All four main highways were blocked by protesters. On several arterial roads including the Eastern Freeway into South Mumbai (blocked at Panjrapol in Chembur), Eastern Express Highway (blocked by protesters in Chembur and Ramabai Nagar in Ghatkopar) and the Sion Panvel Highway into Mumbai (blocked at various points), motorists drove around in circles to find their way to work or home. Ambulances and police vehicles were allowed to pass. Auto-drivers and taxi-drivers ere forced off the roads by protesters. Also Read: Road, rail movement affected, here is a list of routes to avoid

Union minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale reacting to the violence said, “Nobody should take the support of Dalits for granted. At present, we support the Narendra Modi government. But if any organisation is trying to foment trouble, Dalits will not stay silent.” (Express Photo by Sandeep Daundkar)

Mumbai police spokesperson DCP Sachin Patil said, “Till afternoon, nine FIRs were registered and the registration of some more FIRs is underway at different places. More than 150 miscreants were detained across the city.”

In Thane, there were incidents of stone-pelting on auto rickshaws, buses and other vehicles. Protestors stopped public buses and commuters were forced to alight. In Mumbai, at least 52 BEST buses were damaged in stone-pelting.

Several schools remained shut across Mumbai and suburbs. Those that remained open had to send children home owing to poor attendance. Examinations conducted by Mumbai University were also affected. The Mumbai dabbawalla service remained non-operational too. Attendance in various government as well as private corporate offices remained low.

In Pune, the bandh saw a lukewarm response in the morning, with many office-goers reaching their workplaces without much trouble. But by noon, as protesters hit the streets and blocked roads, the shutdown began. Most commercial establishments closed down by noon. Stones were hurled at buses and the Pune Mahanagar Pariwahan Mahamandal Ltd said at least 55 buses were damaged, leading to suspension of services until evening.

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  1. Johnny Sack
    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:30 am
    are they poor because they are dalit or they are dalit thats why they are poor? stop blame game and so something productive for the country and economy. you are abusing a whole community because of some om incidence caused by fringe elements of the society.
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    1. blackpower 666
      Jan 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm
      unless and until the caste system is dismantled systematically, metaphorically, and completely, 5000 yrs of injustice meted out to dalits and shudras will continue. the caste system is the most vile and the most evil system of apartheid genocide enslavement known in human history. the history of dehumanisation, rape, torture, and barbarism that the dalits have had to endure is a blot and a shame in human history. the fault lines of caste are manifest in most indian villages with brahmins/kshatriyas owning prime land followed by the traders. dalits and muslims live on the fringes of the village in ghettos. dalits are forced into manual scavenging, beastly labour, their womenfolk serve as seks slaves/objects from the age of infancy denied entry into temples, schools, denied parit tion in hindu festivals...makes hitler seem like a schoolboy
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      1. Johnny Sack
        Jan 4, 2018 at 2:33 am
        5000 years of injustice? from where do you read your history? caste system didnt develop till 1000 BC. spreading misinfo like a drunk, you must be a minority with a vile malevolence for hindus.
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      2. Nitin Deolekar
        Jan 3, 2018 at 7:35 pm
        महात्मा?गांधीने हा देश नेहरू आंबेडकर यांच्या नादान नातवांना आंदण दिला आहे कि काय?? पोर्तुगीज राजाने मुंबई बेट इंग्रजांना दिले होते तसे? एका नातवाने पंतप्रधान मनमोहन-सिंग यांचा कायदा फाडला? तर दुसर्याने चक्क कायदा हातात घेत बंदचा आदेश दिला!! वारे लोकशाही!! याना महान-आंबेडकर सायबाच्या कायद्यावर विश्वास नाय??
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        1. Mohit Grover
          Jan 3, 2018 at 6:59 pm
          The RSS goons who disrupted the celebration of the DALITS winning of the WAR of the Mahars Mangs against the Higher Caste Peshawas, yesterday for the 200-anniversary celebration, and caused violence and killing of a DALIT, is getting a taste of their own medicine! A BITTER lesson needs to be taught to the RSS NEVER to mess with the DALITS again! This will be the RSS-BJP's WATERLOO!
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          1. Navnit Dwivedi
            Jan 3, 2018 at 7:47 pm
            India does not need enemies out of India as the enemies Mohit Grover kind of already present who creates disturbance,violence,riots etc in the name of either Dalit or OBC or muslims etc. Why not the state government should strictly take action against anti nationals who celebrate British Raj victory in the India. As these anti nationals are only handful of people should be punished. The problem is people made their qualification by caste not by education as dalits still talking about the ancient time and want every thing without any hard work. For 50 years having a stick of reservation on which they are moving on that without any ability but now the voice of change caste based quota then dalits became mad and goes on riots,violence and rampage. In fact such elements are threats to the nation and development. So why Dalits wants special treatment in the society and considers them selves as others.
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            1. blackpower 666
              Jan 3, 2018 at 8:50 pm
              spoken like the uppercaste brahmin naz i that you are - racist, fascist, bigoted, blinkered, blonkered, blockhead saffronite that you are! 5000 yrs of brahminical naz i treatment that would make hitler blush! According to a 2010 report by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes, a crime is committed against a Dalit every 18 minutes. Every day, on average, three Dalit women are raped, two Dalits murdered, and two Dalit houses burnt. According to the NHRC statistics put together by K.B. Saxena, a former additional chief secretary of Bihar, 37 per cent Dalits live below the poverty line, 54 per cent are undernourished, 83 per 1,000 children born in a Dalit household die before their first birthday, 12 per cent before their fifth birthday, and 45 per cent remain illiterate. The data also shows that Dalits are prevented from entering the police station in 28 per cent of Indian villages.
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              1. blackpower 666
                Jan 3, 2018 at 8:50 pm
                Maharashtrian society under the peshwa brahmin’s rule followed worst form of social discrimination based on caste wherein the lower strata of society such as untouchables were confined to the stringent Brahmanical laws and subsequently their mobility and development were impaired. The untouchables had to carry a broom stick attached to their backs so that when they enter into city, their footprints would not pollute the path. They were forced to put a pot around their neck to carry their spit in the pot. They were not allowed to hold any arms and education was completely barred. Untouchables were killed if they did not follow these restrictions. Bhima-Koregaon battle was the answer of the untouchables to the brahmin ruling class of the country.
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                1. blackpower 666
                  Jan 3, 2018 at 8:55 pm
                  so when is Navnit Dwivedi the brahmin going down the manhole to clean human sewage? clear up used sanitary napkins and used condoms? clear up corpses and carcasses?
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                  1. Jan 3, 2018 at 9:22 pm
                    120?million dalits should join with 120 million muslims to punish the neo Peshwas Modi and RSS.
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                    1. Sourav Sharma
                      Jan 3, 2018 at 10:31 pm
                      So, we should celebrate Godse, built his statue, kill people for what you believe, discriminate on the basis of birth and claim to be civilized ?
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                      1. Johnny Sack
                        Jan 4, 2018 at 2:36 am
                        Blackpower 666 population of dalits and obc in india comprises to more than 50 per cent . majority of them dead poor. you wanna bet thats y the crimes are too high. number can be used anyways u hate spreading monger.
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                        1. Johnny Sack
                          Jan 4, 2018 at 2:37 am
                          so u want to kill brahmins because they did something wrong 1000 years ago? you must be one of those jehadi.
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                          1. Johnny Sack
                            Jan 4, 2018 at 2:40 am
                            blackpower they dont clean gutters because they are dalits you head. can u ever use ur brain u brain dead . they are poor hence they have no jobs hence they take any job they get. this is one of the jobs they get. im pretty sure dalits do a lot more than cleaning manhole gutters and whatnot like you mentioned. they are employed in various fields all over the world. so please stop dividing people like a true jehadi u r.
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                          2. Navnit Dwivedi
                            Jan 3, 2018 at 7:56 pm
                            A bloody man why cry for RSS or BJP and every one knows in the country now for every violence behind is Congress none other than. What kind of freedom dalits want in the country as I remind you very recent incidence in Kopardi Ahmednagar Maharastra in 2015 a Maratha community minor girl was gang raped then murdered brutally by dalits so have you cried or any politician cried on such incidences when a victim from upper caste. Please made comments very seriously. Again after 11 Dec 2017 a dalit woman in western UP was gang raped, walked naked by dalits then anybody cried why ? So on such incidences all the dogs stop bark in the name of Dalits.
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                            1. blackpower 666
                              Jan 3, 2018 at 8:51 pm
                              spoken like the uppercaste brahmin naz i that you are - racist, fascist, bigoted, blinkered, blonkered, blockhead saffronite that you are! 5000 yrs of brahminical naz i treatment that would make hitler blush! ATROCITIES UPON DALITS 13 Dalits are murdered each week. 5 Dalit homes are burnt each week. 6 Dalit people are kidnapped or abducted each week. 21 Dalit women raped each week. a crime is committed against a Dalit person every 18 minutes. The problem not the law but the lack of political will, at local and national levels, to apply these laws. In 2006, the official conviction rate for Dalit atrocity cases was just 5.3 . Dalit children sit separately from other children in schools. Almost 1 out of every 3 government school in rural areas prohibit children from sitting together. Dalits are prevented from entering police stations in 27.6 of rural villages,70 of Dalit women are illiterate in rural India Thousands of girls are forced into pros ution before they reach puberty.
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                              1. blackpower 666
                                Jan 3, 2018 at 8:55 pm
                                THE SHEER EVIL OF THE CASTE SYSTEM - The castaways of the food chain Three Koragas were beaten up for killing a cow. The Karnataka tribe, long forced to eat leftovers from upper-caste homes, with hair and nails, arrived at beef out of need.One of the most neglected tribes in India, they are on the Centre’s list of primitive tribal groups. The 2011 Census put their numbers at 14,794 in Karnataka, with around 2,000 more in Kerala. Very few among the community are educated, and most of them work as daily wagers or sweepers or weave baskets for a living. Many Koragas, including Sha ala, have grown up with the memory of collecting food mixed with human hair, nails and other such material from upper caste homes. (SHEER UPPERCASTE BRUTALITY) The upper castes forced this supers ion, called Ajalu, on the Koragas as they believed that any illnesses in their families would be transferred to the tribals if they consumed the food.
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                                1. blackpower 666
                                  Jan 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm
                                  so when is Navnit Dwivedi the brahmin going down the manhole to clean human sewage? clear up used sanitary napkins and used condoms? clear up corpses and carcasses?
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                                  1. blackpower 666
                                    Jan 3, 2018 at 9:03 pm
                                    as for your diatribe against rapes by dalits...you should heed what your saffron celibate father mo bhagwat in his 'infinite' wisdom showered upon your kind - Rapes do not happen in Bharat. rapes happen in india ie in the corrupted cities of india corrupted by western morals and values (very easy to blame it on someone else) so it must be 'spiritually' cleansed with saffron solution!!! frikking celibate fascist - the worst kind there is!
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                                    1. Jan 3, 2018 at 9:25 pm
                                      Every 6 hour one Dalit woman is being raped by Hindu and RSS goons and every 12 hour one Dalit man is being killed by Hindus time has come annihilate thehinduism from earth
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                                      1. Johnny Sack
                                        Jan 4, 2018 at 2:42 am
                                        crimes per head against upper caste are also same if not more. population of brahmins is a lot less than dalits and obc's(50 per cent of the population of india ,maybe more) these explains less crimes against brahmins and other so called upper castes. number can be used to anyone advantage , hate spreading jehadi.
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                                    2. Mohit Grover
                                      Jan 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm
                                      The peaceful celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the winning of the War of the Mahars Mangs over the RUTHLESS, CASTEIST PESHWAS in Koregaon, in Pune in 1818, who treated the Mahars Mangs like DIRT, was attacked by the RSS goons yesterday in Pune. This annual celebration that is held peacefully every year, was also visited by Ambedkar when he was alive! The RSS will REGRET this attack on the DALITS, until the cows come home. A BITTER lesson will be taught to the RSS today NEVER to MESS with the DALITS anymore like they have done in the last 2000 years. And this will be the WATERLOO and the end of the 2019 dream of the RSS-BJP of winning the 2019 elections! They bit more than they could chew this time!
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                                      1. Navnit Dwivedi
                                        Jan 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm
                                        On 1 January 2018 country lost 5 solders on JnK and borders these anti nationals celebrating 200th British Raj victory in Pune by Umer Khalid,Jignesh Mevani and Dalits gang. What a blot on the nation and country.
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                                        1. blackpower 666
                                          Jan 3, 2018 at 8:52 pm
                                          spoken like the uppercaste brahmin naz i that you are - racist, fascist, bigoted, blinkered, blonkered, blockhead saffronite that you are! 5000 yrs of brahminical naz i treatment that would make hitler blush! UPPERCASTE RAPE OF DALIT WOMEN - Every day, 4 Dalit women are raped by non-Dalits The National Crime Bureau’s official government statistics for 2012 tell us that every 16 minutes, a non-Dalit commits a crime on a Dalit. 1574 Dalit women were raped and 671 Dalits murdered in 2012another 2009 report on untouchability in Gujarat, where most villages forbade inter-caste marriage, Dalits touching utensils belonging to other villagers, Dalit priests parti ting in religious ceremonies taking place in non-Dalit areas, and Dalit panchayat leaders having tea in special ‘Dalit’ cups or not drink at all.
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                                          1. blackpower 666
                                            Jan 3, 2018 at 8:52 pm
                                            UPPERCASTE BRUTALITY and HEARTLESSNESS - A temple’s demeaning ‘leftovers’ ritual has all sides frothing. THIS IS BRAHMINICAL TYRANNY PERPETUATED OVER 5000 YRS. Eat, Pray, Roll Over... During the three-day Champa Shasti festival, Shivalli Brahmins are served meals at the Kukke Subramanya temple of KarnatakaOnce the meal is over, Dalits, backwards and people from the local tribes are allowed to roll on the leftoversThe belief is the ritual will cure the ‘devotees’ of ailmentsThe ritual has got a lot of flak from progressive groupsThe state department that administers temples allowed the ritual, adding to the controversy. the tradition reinforces and ‘enacts’ caste hierarchies, where even a Brahmin’s ‘jhoota’ is bestowed with powers to cure people from subaltern communities
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                                            1. blackpower 666
                                              Jan 3, 2018 at 8:55 pm
                                              so when is Navnit Dwivedi the brahmin going down the manhole to clean human sewage? clear up used sanitary napkins and used condoms? clear up corpses and carcasses?
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