Bhima-Koregaon protests in city

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2018 09:42:08



Staff Reporter,

Demanding action against those involved in the violent clashes in Bhima Koregaon, Dalit groups protested at Samvidhan Square, Indora Square, Anand Talkies square and other parts of city on Tuesday. Some protesters vandalised ATM, ransacked a Star Bus on Kamptee road and burnt tyres in Wadi area. City police have intensified patrolling in various areas of the city to maintain law and order.


According to information, a Dalit group burnt a tyre on Nagpur-Amravati road on Tuesday morning in a bid to block traffic on national highway and fled from the spot. Police team of Wadi Police rushed to the spot and doused the flames and cleared the blocked traffic.

At afternoon hours, a group of more than 500 persons gathered at Samvidhan Square and indulged in heavy sloganeering against Bhima Koregaon violence.

Traffic near Samvidhan square was badly affected due to angry protests. The group then marched towards Akashwani square but the police stopped them near DCP Traffic office. Heavy police bandobast was deployed in Akashwani square and gates of Collectorate building were closed for some time as a matter of precaution by security agencies. A delegation of 10 persons submitted a memorandum to Collector Sachin Kurve and demanded stern action against the persons responsible for the violence.

North Nagpur witnessed sporadic violence on Tuesday night as two star buses were ransacked by the protesters at Kamal Square and Kadbi square. Some anti-social elements indulged in stone pelting and torched tyres in Indora area of city. Riot Control Police (RCP) was deployed in the area and patrolling was intensified to maintain law and order. For entire day, rumour mongers had a field day and very mischievous messages with doctored and misleading photos and videos were circulated. Most of them turned out to be wild rumours and cops had to repeatedly issue appeal to citizens not to circulate such unverified rumours and play into the hands of anti-social elements.

Various organisations condemn the incident
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, Deekshabhoomi has strongly condemned stone pelting and distrubances created in Bhima Koregaon on Monday, when a large number of persons had gathered to pay tributes to martyrs at Vijay Shourya Stambh, near Pune.

The divisive forces targetted vehicles bearing blue or panchsheel flags. The shops and eateries were kept closed intentionally to cause inconvenience to the visitors.
Executive Member of the Committee Vilas Gajghate has strongly condemned the incident and has appealed to the Chief Minister devendra fadnavis to conduct high level enquiry and punish those involved in the crime. Gajghate has also stated that a meeting of Republican Ambedkarites and other followers will be held in a couple of days to plan agitation to protest the incident.

Bahujan Republican Socialist Party has also condemned the incident and staged demonstrations at Samvidhan Chowk, here on Tuesday.
A memorandum demanding stern action against the perpetrators of violence, was submitted to the District Collector. The Party’s city unit has also supported the Maharashtra Bandh call given by the party on January 3.

Gajbhiye demands CID probe, Congress appeals for calm

Prakash Gajbhiye, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLC, staged silent protest in front of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar in Samvidhan Square here on Tuesday and demanded CID probe into Bhima-Koregaon incident. Gajbhiye said that NCP condemned the attempt of some anti-social elements to take advantage of the incident and create a rift between Dalit and Maratha communities. NCP workers in his leadership staged a ‘gag protest’ in Samvidhan Square. Alka Kamble, Santosh Narwade, Mahendra Bhange, Vijay Gajbhiye, Amol Wasnik, Rajesh Adhav, Aniket Gaikwad, Rudra Dhakde, Varsha Shamkule, Avinash Tirpude, Gopi Ambhore, Abhay Bansode, Vilas Malke, Charan Singh Chaudhary, and others participated in the protest.

Nagpur City (District) Congress Committee chief Vikas Thakre appealed to the people to maintain calm and exercise restraint and not to fall prey to rumours. He said that people should foil the attempt of forces aiming to divide the society, by resorting to democratic means of protest.

Adv Mukund Khaire, President of Samaj Kranti Aghadi, urged the Government to initiate stringent legal action against those responsible for violence at Bhima-Koregaon. He also appealed to the ‘Bhim Sainiks’ not to observe bandh on Wednesday as it would mean violation of fundamental rights of people. To register protest, one may submit memorandum to the administration, organise morcha, rally, stage demonstrations instead of observing bandh, he stated in a press release.

Cops on alert in view of Maharashtra Bandh call

Law enforcement agencies are gearing up to maintain vigil during Maharashtra Bandh called by the BHARIP Bahujan Mahasangh President Adv Prakash Ambedkar. Joint Commissioner of Police (Joint CP) Shivajirao Bodkhe said that strict vigil would be maintained on Wednesday. Stern action will be taken if anyone challenges the law. All police stations have been alerted and directives have been issued to all senior police officers to maintain high vigil during bandh. He also appealed to citizens not to spread rumours about Bhima Koregaon incident on social media. Superintendent of Police (SP) Shailesh Balkawade said that 30 sensitive points had been identified in the district. More number of police staff would be deployed at these points and Quick Response Team (QRT) would remain on toes to deal with any emergency situation, he said.

Don’t spread rumours on social media: City Police

City police has circulated a message on social media and urged citizens to immediately inform police about rumours spread by anti-social elements on social media. The police have asked the citizens not to forward such message and immediately delete it from mobile phone. Citizens can inform police on Police Emergency Number 100.