Major areas in Mumbai observed massive protests January 2, which started after major violence erupted in Pune on Monday. The protests majorly involving the Dalits who were stoned yesterday, spilled over to the Maximum City amidst the celebrations of Bhima Keorgaon 200th anniversary.
Here are the live updates:
6:27 pm IST: A case has been registered against two people in Pune's Pimpri police station.
5:30 pm IST: BR Ambedkar's grandson Prakash Ambedkar confirms Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday.
5:20 pm IST: Residents on Mumbai streets helping each other a traffic jam had blocked the roads.
5:19 pm IST: No movement of vehicles on either side of Eastern Expressway for the past hour.
Absolutely no movement of vehicles on either side of Eastern Expressway for the past hour. This is ridiculous. Just a small, very small bunch of women on road from Thane to Mumbai and on the other side towards Thane, they have a truck and two tempos parked! #Chembur— Nirav Sanghavi (@nirav) January 2, 2018
5:17 pm IST: Congress President tweets "A central pillar of the RSS/BJP's fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society."
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.— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) January 2, 2018
5:16 pm IST: Mumbai police said, "Due to certain agitations, traffic congestion is reported on Eastern Express Highway (at Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Cheda Nagar and Kamraj Nagar), Sion Panvel Road at Chembur Naka,JVLR near Powai."
5: 08 pm IST: Prakash Ambedkar alleged that the protestors who started the violence belong to right-wing organisations and have tacit support from the state government.
5:06 pm IST: DCP Mumbai said that more than 100 people have been detained from various areas in Mumbai over protesting.
5:05 pm IST: Republican Party of India workers protest in Thane.
5:00 pm IST: Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar, former MP and grandson of Bhimrao Ambedkar has called for a state wide bandh on Wednesday, in the wake of violent clashes in Mumbai.
4:50 pm IST: NCP leader Majeed Memon slammed the Maharashtra government over riots in parts of Mumbai and Pune.
"The present govt is literally no government, There is no coordination between Shiv Sena and BJP. Judicial enquiry (ordered by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis) is only for self-satisfaction. You have to come down on the streets and see that the violence is stopped forthwith," Memon was quoted by CNN-News18 as saying.
4:32 pm IST: Security beefed up in Chembur.
4:24 pm IST: Special train services being run on Harbour line between CSMT-Kurla and Mankhurd.
4: 15 pm IST: Buses stone pelted in and around Chembur.
4:00 pm IST: Residents in Mumbai are taking to social media to caution people over the jams in the affected areas.
3:40 pm IST: Several schools and colleges were shut in Mumbai as a precautionary measure on Tuesday.
3:30 pm IST: Many areas in Mumbai including Chembur and Mulund are facing traffic snarls.
2:50 pm IST: Fadnavis said, "Some vehicles were burnt but police controlled the situation. All the people present at the event were escorted by the police and safely taken to their respective homes. One person was killed and we have launched a probe. If policemen weren't there in sufficient numbers, the situation could be much worse."
2 pm IST: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said he will order a CID probe into the violence that killed a man and led to the torching of over 30 vehicles on Monday.
Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis orders judicial enquiry for #BhimaKoregaon incident.— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) January 2, 2018
Also orders a CID enquiry for the death of a youth & an assistance of ₹10 lakh to his kin.
Strict action will be taken against the all those who are spreading rumours & trying to invoke violence. pic.twitter.com/TvMVVgSWRV
1:59 pm IST: Buses vandalised in Hadapsar, Fursungi.
1:46 pm IST: Mumbai police says " Don't believe in rumours. Traffic on Eastern expressway was affected due to protests. It's moving now. Traffic at Chembur Naka is still affected. There is nothing to panic. Verify facts with police officers and men before posting anything on social media."
Don’t believe in rumours. Traffic on Eastern expressway was affected due to protests. It’s moving now. Traffic at Chembur Naka is still affected. There is nothing to panic. Verify facts with police officers and men before posting anything on social media.— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 2, 2018
12:30 pm IST: Mumbai and Chembur observed a complete shut down. All shops have been asked to down their shutters. Banks have downed their shutters.
#Mumbai #Chembur has been completely shut down. All shops have been asked to down their shutters. Banks have downed their shutters.— Nameet Potnis (@Nameet) January 2, 2018
No idea why this is happening.
Shopkeepers say young boys came and threatened them to shut down or face consequences
The violence had erupted after Dalit groups marching towards Pune were stoned by unknown assailants over an argument, the police said.