HC judge to probe Bhima battle anniversary violence: Fadnavis

People with saffron flags allegedly attack Dalits going to Bhima Koregaon memorial near Pune

In pockets of the financial capital, the police donned riot gear as incidents of stone-pelting were reported.

Hundreds of people including women and children have sat on the Eastern Express Highway in Mumbai protesting against those involved in the violent clashes in Pune yesterday. He was quoted as having said, "Request will be made to Supreme Court for judicial inquiry in Koregaon violence matter and CID inquiry will also be conducted on the death of the youth".

He took to Twitter to mount an attack on the BJP and the RSS over the Bhima-Koregaon violence in Pune, Maharashtra, adding the protest over the violence was the symbol of Dalit resistance. Traffic came to a standstill on the highway.

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"We had some idea about possible protests, but we never expected the outpouring that followed in the city", said Sachin Patil, deputy commissioner of police (operations), and the nodal officer for the deployment of police personnel. Road traffic has also been affected as protesters have gathered at places like Amar Mahal on the Eastern Express Highway and IIT Powai that falls on the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road route. The anger over marking the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district of Maharashtra continued on Tuesday as protestors disrupted suburbs and local train services on the Harbour Line. "Police promptly controlled the situation and averted a major problem", Fadnavis said.

Dalits observe January 1 as "Vijay Diwas" to commemorate the battle fought in 1818, in which a Battalion of British East India Company comprising Dalits had defeated upper-caste Peshwa soldiers.

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