PUNE: The Maharashtra bandh called by various Dalit organisations on Wednesday paralyzed normal life across the state with violence breaking out in several cities and towns. Commuters, students, traders and office-goers faced a harrowing time with transport services being thrown out of gear for the second day running. Shops, eateries and commercial establishments either stayed closed on their own or were forced to down shutters by protesters.
Scores of members from Dalit groups poured out onto the streets from early morning in response to the bandh call given by Prakash Ambedkar's Republican Party of India Bahujan Mahasangh. Violent protests had erupted in the state on Tuesday, a day after a 28-yearold man died after being hit by a stone in a clash between two groups. The clash occurred during the celebrations held at Koregaon Bhima, near Pune, to mark the bicentenary of a British-Peshwa war.
Motorcycle-borne youths waving blue flags forced shopkeepers to down shutters in most cities across the state, including Mumbai Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Nagpur and Aurangabad. Small-time vendors conducting their businesses bore the brunt of the protesters' fury.
在整个邦，包括孟买，浦那，Pimpri Chinchwad, 那格浦尔 和 Aurangabad，骑摩托车的年轻人挥舞着蓝色旗子，强迫所有店主关门。小摊贩也尽量让他们的生意避开抗议者的怒火。
Furious citizens alleged that the police acted like mere bystanders, allowing the protesters to cripple services which started normalising only after Ambedkar called off the bandh in the evening.
In Mumbai, rampaging mobs damaged vehicles, blocked roads and railway tracks, besides throwing stones at city transport buses and trains. In Pune, the protesters again blocked traffic at the Urse toll naka on the Pune-Mumbai expressway, at Khed-Shivapur on the Pune-Bengaluru highway and at Loni-Kalbhor on the Pune-Solapur highway. However, the protesters were cleared within around 15 minutes.
Medical services were hit with not just hospitals, but even clinics seeing very few patients. Most autorickshaws and radio cabs stayed off the roads in Pune and Mumbai.
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Passengers flying into Mumbai and Pune were stranded for hours at the airports. The only solace was that several airlines waived off the flight cancellation charges.
Aurangabad and other towns in Marathwada were tense with protesters resorting to heavy stone-pelting. Nearly a dozen cases of rioting and attempt to murder have been registered against the protesters for throwing stones at the police and citizens in Aurangabad. An assistant commissioner of police and a few constables sustained injuries in the stone-pelting. However, no arrests were made till last reports. In Aurangabad, the police with the help of telecom operators suspended mobile internet services in the city for 24 hours.
Protesters vandalised shops and damaged vehicles in the Bindu Chowk area of Kolhapur. Around 40 people, including eight policemen, were injured in stone-pelting reported from various places in city. Two of them are critical. Among the injured were Shahuwadi's deputy superintendent of police (DySP) R R Patil and city DySP Prashant Amrutkar. All the injured have been shifted to the CPR civil hospital.
Though there was no impact of the bandh in the Satpur and Ambad industrial estates of the MIDC in Nashik, places like Igatpuri, Dindori, Pimpri Sayyad, Satana and Yeola in the district saw a near total bandh. Protesters attempted to set a bus ablaze in Lasalgaon. In North Nagpur, agitators shouting anti-BJP slogans threw cow dung on posters of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Nitin Gadkari.
虽然MIDC在Nashik的Satpur和Ambad地区的工业财产没有受到影响。但像Igatpuri, Dindori, Pimpri Sayyad, Satana 和 Yeola这些地区都离骚乱的地方非常近。抗议者曾试图在Lasalgaon点燃一辆公共汽车。在南那格浦尔，示威者大喊反BJP（人民党，莫迪老仙所属的党）的口号并向首席部长Devendra Fadnavis 和联合部长Nitin Gadkari的海报扔牛粪。
Though Fadnavis promised an inquiry into the incidents of violence during the bandh and asserted that the law enforcers were monitoring the CCTV footage of the violence, it failed to pacify the opposition.
Both Houses of Parliament witnessed a ruckus over Wednesday's bandh and the tension and violence in Maharashtra over the last three days. Both Houses were adjourned as several opposition members, including those from the Congress and BSP, sought to raise the issue of caste violence in Maharashtra. Blaming the police machinery led by Fadnavis, Shiv Sena MP from Shirur, Shivaji Adhalrao Patil, told TOI that he has requested the central home ministry to intervene.
国会议院表示整个过去三天都沉浸在关于周三暴动的争吵中和对于马哈拉施特拉邦暴力活动的紧张中。由于很多反对成员，包括国大党和BSP，试图把种姓暴力问题升级，国会议院宣布休会。Shirur指责Fadnavis, Shiv Sena领导的警察机构。Shivaji Adhalrao Patil告诉印度时报他已经请求中央内政部长介入此事。
Though Ambedkar called off the day-long bandh in the state, he warned that future protests would be violent if the state government did not arrest Bhide Guruji and Milind Ekbote, whom he has accused of being the instigators behind the Bhima Koregaon violence on Tuesday.
虽然Ambedkar叫停了整个邦的示威活动，但他警告邦政服如果没有逮捕Bhide Guruji 和 Milind Ekbote，这两个人是周二Bhima Koregaon暴力事件的背后挑唆者，未来会发生更多暴力活动。
TNN | Jan 4, 2018, 14:08 IST
MUMBAI: Over 30 policemen sustained injuries in the city yesterday during the protest called by various Dalit groups, a senior police official said on Thursday.
Most of the injuries were a result of stones pelted on police personnel, said an official.
He added that Powai and Govandi in the north-eastern part of the city saw the maximum number of cases with 11 policemen sustaining injuries in areas around Powai.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Sahaji Umap of Zone VI said that 11 personnel were injured in Govandi and adjoining areas.
Police officials said that 16 First Information Reports (FIR) had been registered under relevant sections of the Maharashtra Police Act, the Maharashtra Prevention of Defacement of Property Act and the Indian Penal Code.
An official said that more than 300 people had been detained as part of the investigations into the incidents that occurred during the protests.
The bandh was called yesterday following violence 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.
A total of 154 buses were damaged across the state, including 20 BEST and 4 State Transport (ST) buses in Mumbai alone. The BEST buses were damaged in incidents across the suburbs, including Mulund, Chembur, Deonar and Kurla.
总共154辆公共汽车被砸毁。包括在孟买的20辆BEST车和4辆邦际长途车。BEST车在郊区被破坏，包括Mulund, Chembur, Deonar 和 Kurla。
IvanTHEterrible - Pune - 4 days ago
What''s the idiot home minister & his deputy doing. Frying omelettes..you know where?
IvanTHEterrible - Pune - 4 days ago
Kick out coward bjp.
DrAdvUjwala Andrews DrAdvUjwala Andrews - pune - 3 days ago
What a way welcome New Year with Maharashtra Violence ! But in one way, with strikes and violence our Govt wakes up from their slumber. For years I am complaining to P.M.C of illegal structures at Shree Towers, Bhawani peth, and garbage in front of Vinay High school, no action taken what so ever, we are tax payers and dont get the duties what we deserve, then violence ! People are fed to fight over the simple basic necessities of life, EVen Khadak Police do not perform their duties as they should
Babu Bajrangi - Gujarat - 4 days ago
Someone said "Do not shoot my dalit brothers if you want you shoot me"
Proud Indian - 4 days ago
criminals instigated by antinational congress doing the only thing they are capable of that is vandalising, good for nothing people are showing why they can never progress