Striking Indian low-caste workers bring chaos to Mumbai

The big news Dalit groups protest after clashes in Bhima Koregaon and nine other top stories

The big news Dalit groups protest after clashes in Bhima Koregaon and nine other top stories

Much of Mumbai was paralysed as thousands of protesters from Dalit groups blocked railway lines and major roads.

"Few protestors tried to disrupt Railway services at Thane but were immediately cleared by RPF and GRP officials".

On the Western Railway, protesters obstructed services at Nallasopara Station.

Similar attempts were made to halt traffic at the busy Teen Haath Naka junction, but heavy police presence ensured motorists were able to cross the junction without any hinderance. "Hindu group members were beating Dalits and the police were just watching from afar", said protester Sandeep Kamble.

The city also witnessed violence on Tuesday as protesters pelted stones at trains and clashed with security forces in several locations. At least 100 Dalits were reportedly arrested in the protests that followed on Tuesday, which quickly spread to Mumbai and drew national media attention.

A spokesperson of the Mumbai Dabbawala Association said, "Since most of our customers may find it hard to reach office, we have made a decision to suspend our services today".

Schoolkids bound to be inconvenienced as school buses will stay off road in Mumbai.

Protests erupted throughout the state of Maharashtra after a man was killed Monday in clashes surrounding a celebration of the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, when low-caste Dalits fought alongside the British to defeat a high-caste ruler. "They can join us or stay away", said Prakash Ambedkar, a leader of the Dalit community. "I have a mark here on my back from last night".

The Company troops of Indian origin included predominantly Mahar Dalit soldiers belonging to the Bombay Native Infantry.

Meanwhile, reports of protests have also been received from some parts of Delhi and Gujarat.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha said attacks on Dalit increased ever since the BJP came to power 2014.

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