Bhima Koregaon Violence: Ambedkar’s grandson calls for Maharashtra Bandh tomorrow

Prakash Ambedkar
Prakash Ambedkar

Activist and grandson of BR Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar has given a call for a Maharashtra bandh tomorrow after the Bhima Koregaon Violence.

The disturbances erupted in the village of Koregaon-Bhima of Pune on January 1 during the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Anglo-Maratha War between the Army of Peshwa Bajirao II with a small force of East India Company that comprised a large number of Dalits.

Hundreds of thousands of Dalits had congregated around the Victory Pillar (Vijay Stambh) erected by the British in Sanaswadi village when suddenly stone pelting started, allegedly by some rightwing groups carrying saffron flags.

The violence led to the death of Rahul Fatangale, 28, of Nanded. However, more than 100 people have been detained by the Mumbai Police.

Meanwhile Criticising Modi government over today’s violence in Bhima Koregaon of Pune the Congress president Rahul said that this is a symbol of resistance. The leader cited that the incident shows that assaulting Dalits is a fascist vision of BJP. Rahul also mentioned Rohith Vemula and Una in his tweet.

Rahul said, “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.”

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