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Mayawati blames BJP, RSS for Maharashtra caste clashes

Over 160 buses were damaged in Mumbai by rampaging protesters over 100 of whom were detained

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Police and fire men at a charred shop following the violence during celebrations of 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, near Pune. Photo: PTI
Police and fire men at a charred shop following the violence during celebrations of 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, near Pune. Photo: PTI

chief on Tuesday targeted the and over the violence in claiming that it seemed "casteist forces" were behind the clashes while also blaming the state for not making adequate arrangements to prevent them.

"The incident which occurred could have been prevented. The should have made adequate security arrangements. There is in the state, they let violence take place. It seems casteist forces like the and are behind the violence," said.

Several towns and cities in were on the edge today as Dalit protests against yesterday's violence in spilled over to Mumbai, with agitators damaging scores of buses, and disrupting road and rail traffic, officials said.

Clashes between Dalit groups and supporters of right-wing Hindu organisations during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in district had left a man dead yesterday.

In Pune, cases were registered by the against and Sambhaji Bhide, who head the Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan respectively, for allegedly inciting the violence. The two organisations had opposed the celebration of "British victory" in the battle.

Over 160 buses were damaged in by rampaging protesters over 100 of whom were detained, police said.

ordered a judicial inquiry by a of the into the violence, and appealed for calm. He said it needed to be ascertained if there was a conspiracy behind yesterday's violence.

Fadnavis said a Rs 1 million compensation would be given to kin of the youth killed and his death would be probed by the CID.

First Published: Tue, January 02 2018. 23:33 IST
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