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Mumbai Dalit protest: Rahul Gandhi slams BJP

Mumbai Dalit protest: Rahul Gandhi slams BJP

| | 02 Jan 2018, 08:25 pm

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IBNS): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the BJP over the violence that hit Mumbai and suburbs over the agitation called by Dalit groups.

"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," the twitter page of the Congress president said.

Five people, including four policemen were injured in clashes on Tuesday  as Dalit groups hit the streets in Mumbai suburbs to enforce a shutdown in protest against the violence against members of the community in Pune on Monday.

Hundreds of people stalled train operations at Mulund, Chembur, Bhandup, Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar in Vikhroli and Nehru Nagar in Kurla in the morning.

Media reports quoted  Additional Commission of Police Lakhmi Gautam as saying that there were also attempts to block roads, which police managed to foil.

Later, protesters attempted to march towards Ambedkar Garden in Chembur, but were restricted by the police. They blocked traffic on the roads, including on the Sion Panvel highway.

According to reports, services on the Harbour line were ffected.  Trains between CSMT to Kurla and between Mankhurd to Panvel are running.

Meanwhile, Maratha groups also staged protests in Pune. Buses were reportedly vandalised, due to which services to Ahmednagar and Aurangabad were suspended.

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