Unexpected and unfortunate turn of events propelled a riot in Pune within the span of few hours. The riot was triggered yesterday at a Dalit rally which reportedly has killed one person and has set ablaze nearly 50 vehicles.
While 1st January is marked as the day of the battlement. The battle of Koregaon Bhima was fought in 1818 which led the army of British towards the path of victory by defeating the Peshwas. It is allegedly said that right-wing groups got offended as this event celebrated the "British victory", and hence the riots.
Apparently, the Dalit leaders celebrated the British victory with a belief that said soldiers from the Mahar community during that era were tagged as untouchable and hence were part of the East India Company's forces
This clash between the Dalit and Maratha communities turned so ugly that even the Mumbai's Harbour line couldn’t spare itself from the spread of this ferocious act.
Traffic affected due to Koregaon-Bhima clash https://t.co/6Dn1pY8hqI— TOI Mumbai (@TOIMumbai) January 2, 2018
While the turbulence caused by the riot forced the public to raise their voice against this violence, Union Minister of State for Social Justice- Ramdas Athawale showed his concern over this issue.
Spoke to Maharashtra CM, demand that this matter should be inquired; action must be taken against the culprits so that such incidents don't recur: Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on violence between two groups during an event to mark 200 years of Bhima Koregaon battle near Pune pic.twitter.com/IFUTj752wr— ANI (@ANI) January 2, 2018
A day later, it looks like Mumbai is also affected by this communal violence.