Bhima Koregaon violence: Ambedkar calls for Maharashtra bandh tomorrow

Bhima Koregaon violence: Ambedkar calls for Maharashtra bandh tomorrow

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Yesterday's deadly violence in Pune during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the of the Koregaon-Bhima battle is slowly spiraling into a major storm with Maharashtra Dalit leader Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar calling for a state-wide shutdown tomorrow.

Prakash, the grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and a leader of the Bhartiya Republican Party - Bahujan Mahasangh, while calling for the band also alleged that the perpetrators of yesterday's violence belonged "right-wing organisations" and had the "tactic support" of the Devendra Fadnavis state government.

At the same time, Ambedkar said he was "appealing for peace" and promised that "tomorrow's bandh would be peaceful" even as he asserted that had he not controlled the Dalit crowd on Monday the situation would have been worse.

Today's protests come after a clash between two groups during yesterday's anniversary celebrations of the 1818 Battle of Koregaon, in which the Britishers defeated an army of Peshwas.

A group opposed to the celebration of the anniversary clashed with Dalits marching to the Koregaon Bhima battle memorial in Pune. The clash led to the death of one man.

Maharahstra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, urging people "not to believe in rumours", said a judicial inquiry into the man's death will be ordered. Fadnavis also asked political parties to "refrain from making any decisive statements".

The chief minister...

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