Various Dalit groups took to the streets in the areas of Samvidhan Square, Indora Square, Anand Talkies square and several other parts demanding severe action against the accused behind the Bhima Koregaon caste clash.
The demonstrators were seen damaging ATMs, scouting buses in the Kamptee area and burning tyres in the Wadi part of the city.
The city police force had upped their guards and deployed more police personnel in the sensitive areas.
According to an unknown source, Nagpur-Amravati road saw some bouts of violence when the traffic was blocked by burning a tyre on the street.
A Dalit group is reportedly behind the act, which fled the scene as soon as they burnt the tyre. A team from Wadi Police immediately reached the affected spot and put out the fire and brought back the traffic in flow.
Around 12 pm, a crowd of more than 500 protesters was seen gathering at the Samvidhan Square. Slogans were mouthed against the Bhima Koregaon violence.
The unorganized gathering saw the traffic at Samvidhan square come to a standstill. Protesters then took the rally to Akashwani square but were stopped by police at the DCP Traffic Office. Police bandobast was set up at Akashwani square. The Collectorate building’s gates were closed by security agencies as a precautionary measure.
A 10-person deputation drafted a memorandum asking for strict action to be taken against the persons involved in the violence. The memo was submitted the Collector Sachin Kurve.
Violence in the city was sparked off in northern Nagpur on Tuesday night. Two Star buses were ransacked by the mob at Kamal square and Kadbi square. The group even indulged in stone-pelting and burning of tyres in the Indora area. As the situation got tense, the Riot Control Police (RCP) was arranged to guard the area and maintain law and order.
Social media saw a lot of wrong information and rumors churning about the riots. The messages were circulated along with doctored images and videos.
The cops had to intervene asking the citizens not to pass out any such unverified messages and that strict action will be taken against those found participating in such activities.
Nagpur Police has asked the citizens to immediately delete such messages and call 100 in case of anyone any emergencies.
The incident has been condemned by various organizations such as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Smarak Samiti, Deekshabhoomi. Instances of stone-pelting and commotion at Bhima Koregaon were slammed by the group.
The conflict-inducing group was seen targeting vehicles blue in color or adorned with the Panchsheel flags. Many shops and eateries were closed with the intention of not causing any inconvenience to the visitors.
Vilas Gajghate, Executive Member of the Committee has criticized the incident and has made an appeal to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to investigate and penalize the ones found guilty.
Gajghate also announced that a meeting of Republican Ambedkarites and other such groups and followers will be held in the upcoming days to plan a protest.
Bahujan Republican Socialist Party was also seen condemning the act of violence and the staged protests that followed on Tuesday.
The city unit of BRSP supported the Maharashtra Bandh that was announced on January 3.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLC, Prakash Gajbhiye protested in silence in front of the Ambedkar statue at Samvidhan square. The leader demanded an investigation to be held CID into the incident.
The gag protest saw 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 participate.
City’s Congress Committee chief Vikas Thakre has made an appeal to the citizens to remain calm and not believe on any of the rumours. He also said that people should stay united at such times as it would defy the intentions of the divisive groups. Thakre endorsed domestic means of protests.
President of Samaj Kranti Aghadi, Adv Mukund Khaire has made an appeal to the Government to cause legal actions against those who are behind the violence at Bhima-Koregaon.
He even urged the ‘Bhim Sainiks’ to not observe the ‘bandh’ as it would signify defiance of fundamental rights of people. He stated in a press release that instead of observing a bandh, one should submit a memo, carry out a rally and protest.
Police security and vigil have been beefed up in the city to maintain law and order on the occasion of Maharashtra Bandh. The bandh was called by BHARIP Bahujan Mahasangh President Adv Prakash Ambedkar.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Joint CP), Shivajirao Bodkhe said, “Barring a few sporadic incidents, there was no major problem anywhere. But, we are taking all precautions for tomorrow’s bandh call given by Prakash Ambedkar. We have requisitioned two companies of the State Reserve Police Force and over 250 home guards.”
“All policemen’s leaves have been cancelled, and they have been asked to report for duty,” he added.
The JCP assured that a strict watch will be kept during the bandh and anyone found inducing chaos will face severe action.
Police stations across the city have been alerted and the police officers are on their toes since Tuesday.
Superintendent of Police (SP), Shailesh Balkawade said that as many as 30 sensitive points were identified in the Nagpur district. Additional police personnel will be deployed at these points.
Along with them will be the Quick Response Team (QRT) who would be watchful for any signs of violence and miscreants on the streets.