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Maharashtra caste clashes: Mumbai school buses to stay off roads today

The state government has said schools will remain open today

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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Damaged BEST buses during protest in Mumbai. Photo: @Pravinshetra twitter handle

School buses will stay off roads in tomorrow in view of a called by outfits to protest the violent clashes in yesterday.

The School Bus Owners' Association (SBOA) on Tuesday said it would not operate its fleet of 40,000 buses on Wednesday

Anil Garg, president of SBOA, told PTI, "For security reasons, we have decided not to ply our buses in the first shift today. If the situation remains peaceful, we will run the buses in the second shift."

However, if a particular bus owner wanted to operate his services tomorrow, it would be his call, he added.

"Law-and-order is beyond our control. Therefore, we cannot take the risk," Garg said.

The state government has said schools will remain open today.

organisations have called a tomorrow to protest against the BJP-led state government's "failure" to stop the violence in

Clashes between 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 on Monday.

The clashes broke out at Bhima-Koregaon when people were headed towards the war memorial in the village, about 30 km from Pune city, the police had said.

Dalit groups were celebrating the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, which the forces of the British East India Company had won over those of the Peshwa.

Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community -- then considered untouchables -- were part of the East India Company's forces. The Peshwas were Brahmins and the victory was seen as a symbol of assertiveness by Dalits.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 03:04 IST