Pune's Dalit protests reach Mumbai, riot police called in

Dalits protest across Mah over Pune violence

Meanwhile, DCP Patil said that heavier-than-usual morning traffic on the Eastern Express Highway - as people returned to Mumbai after the long weekend - coincided with the initial protests by small groups at Kamraj Nagar, Powai and Ramabai Nagar.

The violence sparked off protests in various parts of the state on Tuesday, including in Mumbai where protesters staged a rail roko in Chembur.

Four companies of state reserve police (SRP) and almost 400 extra policemen from Mumbai police have been deployed in Chembur, Mulund, Kurla, Govandi areas. Traffic on Eastern expressway was affected due to protests.

As a result of the agitations, shops in Mulund, Kandivili and Chembur were forced to shut down.

On Monday, violence clashes erupted between two groups during an event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon battle in which British Army comprising Dalits had defeated upper-caste Peshwas. The harbour line, however, felt the most impact. Local train and road services were disrupted across Mumbai and were restored only late evening. Trains between CSMT to Kurla and between Mankhurd to Panvel are running. "Measures have been taken to prevent the spread of rumours on social media, and a number of villages like Sanawadi, Vadhu-Budruk and Shikrapur along the highway have been sealed", said a police officer. 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".

The chief minister also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the victim's kin.

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