After a day marred with protest, violence and crackdown by authorities, life returned to normalcy in Mumbai today.
Meanwhile, Police has barred students from participiating in an event scheduled to be held at Chhatra Bharati event outside Bhaidas Hall. Police removed the students forcibly after denying them entry into the hall. Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani have been invited at this event.
* Agitating over Bhima Koregaon violence, protesters block Madhuram by-pass road in Junagarh, traffic affected.
* An FIR has also been lodged against Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani for inciting violence.
"FIR registered against Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid under section 153(A), 505 & 117 at Vishrambaug Police Station," said ANI in a report.
Yesterday, normal life was crippled in the financial capital, where people faced hardships due to closure of shops, commercial establishments and disruptions in the transport network. The bandh in Mumbai was part of the Maharashtra-wide shutdown called by Dalit outfits to protest the state government's "failure" to stop the violence at Bhima-Koregaon village in Pune district on January 1.
Office-goers had a tough time reaching their destinations as the suburban rail network, the lifeline of Mumbai, was paralysed due to protests at various places in the metropolis.
Commuters' woes were compounded as most taxis and autorickshaws remained off roads. Services of civic buses were also adversely affected.
Business activities took a hit and people struggled to buy daily essentials like vegetables and milk as shops and markets remained shut.
Many Hindu organizations are trying to create communal tension in the state: Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar.
Prakash Ambedkar has demanded that police arrest Bhide Guruji and Milind Ekbote for inciting mobs against people who had gathered at Bhima Koregaon on Jan 1.
"The shutdown was peaceful and has evoked a huge response all over. I thank all my supporters for making it a success," Ambedkar, the grandson of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, told media persons.
He demanded that the state government should slap murder charges on the perpetrators of the violence and subsequent death of a youth in Koregaon-Bhima incident of January 1.
Ambedkar cited the names of Shivjagar Pratisthan President Sambhaji Bhide Guruji and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti President Milind Ekbote, against whom complaints have been lodged by Pune police.
"They should be arrested and face the same punishment as Yakub Memon (who was accused in the March 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts and subsequently hanged)," Ambedkar demanded.
He said the shutdown action was not only for the Dalit cause but to highlight the plight of the state's downtrodden people and seek justice for them.
The memorandum submitted to the CM and Governor demanded that those involved in the violence at Bhima Koregaon be booked under the National Security Act and the Maharashtra Control of Organised Act.
They also demanded trying the case in a fast track court with lawyer Ujjwal Nikam to plead it.
The protesters also demanded permanent police security for the Smriti Stumbh at Bhima Koregaon and compensation worth Rs. one crore to the family of the deceased and Rs.75,000 each to those injured in the violence.
Traffic Update: All paths clear on Central Railway. Services are being normalised, tweets Central Railway.
Ghodbunder Road is now completely shut. This road is the main gateway for heavy vehicles coming from Bhiwandi as well as Nashik and from JNPT towards Gujarat.
Protestors evacuated from tracks & train operations resumed at 14.10hrs & 14.20hrs at Goregaon. Suburban & Long Distance services bring operated among intermittent protests at some stations in the suburban section, tweets Western Railway.
In Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, school bus owners did not ply buses in the second shift as well.
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Protestors have stopped a train on Up local line (towards Churchgate) at Goregaon from about 13.40 hrs. All efforts are being made to evacuate them from the tracks.
Thane police: "There's traffic congestion at a couple of places as protesters are gathering, but our teams are alert and they are working on clearing all blockages within 15-20 mins. Request citizens to cooperate."
Worli sea link south bound traffic diverted to JK Kapoor-Hardikar-Sasmira-Galaxo-Pandurang Budhkar Marg-Gawde Chowk-Senapati Bapat Road.
Harbour line path cleared and services restored. Our security personnel are committed to ensure streamlining the services on suburban main line too. Till then please bear with us.. we will keep you updated. .. please don't believe in rumours, tweets Central Railway.
There has been no death of a person from Dalit community. Wrong messages are being spread on social media, people have to be very cautious. The situation overall is peaceful in Maharashtra: Deepak Kesarkar, MoS, Home Rural on Bhima Koregaon violence.
Traffic on Eastern Freeway is clear now.
Suburban services are being run amid intermittent protests at Elphinstone Rd,Goregaon,Dadar, Malad.There is no cancellation of Long Distance trains.
Traffic on Western Expressway near Dahisar Naka and Aarey Jn is clear now. However, still affected near Thakur village.
The suburban services of AC local have been cancelled today ie 3rd January, 2018 due to protests.
Protesters jumped on the rail tracks of harbour line at Govandi, Mankhurd and Kurla, due to which suburban services towards Panvel, Belapur and Vashi were stopped for a few hours, the official said.
Similar protests at Thane, Bhandup, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli and Ghatkopar stations on Central Railway line led to a long queue of trains on tracks.
Trains halted in Ghatkopar, passengers stranded
Avoid using Worli naka. Use Worli sea face road, tweets Mumbai Police.
A view of the city during protests near Vashi depot.
Both up & down lines, which were blocked by the protestors from 12.05 hrs have been evacuated at 12.24 hrs and train operations have resumed at Goregaon. Trains are delayed due to it, tweets Western Railway.
There are elaborate arrangements made on main line stations including at Ghatkopar.. Path will shortly be cleared. .. please don't believe in rumours. .. we will keep you informed and updated, tweets Central Railway.
'Rasta Roko' protest being held in Andheri on the Western Express Highway
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The Maharashtra Bandh called by Dalit leaders to protest the violence during the bicentennial commemoration of the Bhima-Koregaon battle evoked a considerable response in the Nashik city today.
Commercial establishments in the city and Satpur, Ambad, Nashik Road localities remained closed.
Buses of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation and auto rickshaws too remained off the road.
The administration had already declared a school and college holiday.
Bandh was also being observed in Manmad and Lasalgaon. A Manmad-Lasalgaon ST bus was stoned this morning at the Lasalgaon Railway Gate and some agitators tried, unsuccessfully, to set the bus on fire, according to the rural police control room officials.
The bandh called by Dalit organisations in the state evoked a partial response in Ahmednagar district today with police stating that no incidents of violence or stone-pelting being reported till late afternoon.
Schools and colleges remained shut as a precautionary measure and buses of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) stayed off the roads, said officials.
The effect of the bandh was seen in areas like Shrirampur, Kopergaon, Haregaon, Bhingar, Shevgaon, Jamkhed and Shirdi among other places.
A mob of around 500 protesters gathered at the prime junction at Shivaji chowk in Vashi and shouted slogans. Heavy police deployment has been made at the spot to prevent any untoward incident. The traffic movement from Vashi station towards Kopar Khairane has been diverted along the Sion-Panvel highway.
Traffic at Eastern Expressway affected due to Traffic Blockade near Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar. Traffic has been diverted to avoid inconvenience.
Eastern freeway traffic affected due to Road Blockade at Panjrapol junction. Avoid using it for some time
Traffic affected on Western Expressway near Dahisar Naka and Near Oberoi Mall
Harbour line affected between Mankhurd and Kurla. Up and Down services stopped. Panvel, Belapur and Vashi train service shut till next announcement. People can commute via Trans Harbour service.
Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses and a car vandalized by protesters in Powai.
Commuters are advised to avoid using Western Express Highway and use S V road instead.
Citizens find it difficult to book Ola and Uber cabs amid protests and rail roko at many places in Mumbai suburbs. Cab aggregators charge hefty amount for rides.
The bus service towards Pune's Baramati and Satara and inter-state bus services from Karnataka-Maharashtra have been temporarily suspended till further order as a precautionary measure.
Thirteen buses of the civic transport service 'BEST' were damaged by protesters in Kalanagar area (Bandra), Dharavi, Kamraj Nagar, Santosh Nagar, Dindoshi and Hanuman Nagar, an official from the Disaster Management Unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
To prevent further damage the administration has also suspended internet services in Aurangabad.
A top view of T-point near MTNL office in Ghatkopar where protesters can be seen blocking roads.
A visibly anguished Kharge also tore some papers he was holding when BJP members vociferously protested his remarks.
"Why is Prime Minister Narendra Modi silent on the issue? He always maintaince silence on issues relating to Dalits. He has become a 'Mouni Baba'on Dalit issues," he said.
The Congress leader said similar violence against Dalits have been witnessed in a number of states including Gujarat where BJP was in power.
Kharge's comments triggered angry response from the BJP MPs, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar rebutting the charges and accusing the Congress of trying to play politics over the issue.
"Congress wants to politicise the issue. The party suffered electoral drubbing in so many states in the recent past and that is why they want to milk political mileage over the issue," Kumar alleged.