Prakash Ambedkar calls off Maharashtra bandh, claims it was successful

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Maharashtra bandh LIVE: Internet cut in Aurangabad, Pune schools shut, Mumbai cops say continue with life

A shutdown has been called in Maharashtra in protest of Monday's deadly violence during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the of the Koregaon-Bhima battle. Here are the live updates on the situation across the state.

Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of BR Ambedkar, has called off the Maharashtra bandh he called yesterday, following Monday's deadly violence that hit a Dalit celebration and which left a 28-year-old man dead.

The violence, which took place during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Koregaon-Bhima battle, saw Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad paralysed as Dalit groups took to the streets to protest Monday's death.

Buses were vandalised, stones were pelted and shops were shut as the Bhima Koregaon violence took a slightly political turn with politicians of all colour commenting on Monday's riots or its aftermath.


16:20 PM: Prakash Ambedkar calls of the Maharashtra bandh, and claims it was a success.

14:56 PM: Nine people have been detained by the Pune rural police in the Bhima Koregaon riot case.

14:43 PM: Women made shops close down at the Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus, and argued with the police.

1:52 PM: Protesters vandalised vehicles in Aurangabad, where there is heavy police deployment.

1:32 PM: Services of the Western Railway's AC local in Mumbai, introduced just weeks back, has been suspended for the entire day.

01:12 PM: Pune Municipal Transport buses are being brought to a halt near Deccan in Pune. Protesters are not letting the buses move ahead.

12:44 PM: The Congress, raising the Koregaon-Bhima violence in Parliament, has asked PM Narendra Modi to deliver a statement on the issue. "He can't stay mum! He is a 'Mauni baba on such issues'," Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said.

12:30 PM: Mumbai's traffic seems to have been massively affected. The city's traffic police, in a flury of tweets, advised commuters to avoid using sections of the Western Express Highway and the Eastern Expressway.

11:40 AM: Nagpur is seeing unrest with visuals from the city showing large crowds gathered on streets. Overall, in Maharashtra instances of violence have been sporadic so far.

11:24 AM: The Mumbai Police, in a tweet, has advised citizens to avoid the Kalanagar and MMRDA junctions in the city "for some time".

11:18 AM: Minor instances of violence are being reported from Mumbai. Buses, cars and auto-rickshaws in north Mumbai's Dahisar have been vandalised.

11:11 AM: After a brief disruption, local train services have now resumed in the Nallasopara-Virar stretch of Mumbai's Western Railway. Protestors had earlier camped on railway tracks, preventing the movement of trains.Thane, a suburb adjoining Mumbai, has also seen railway services being affected.

11:07 AM: Bus services in Aurangabad have been suspended as reports also come in of protests being held in Nagpur.

10:41 AM: Road travel in Mumbai has been impacted with the traffic police issuing an alert for several places in the city where agitations have forced authorities to affect diversions.

10:31 AM: Western Railway services in Mumbai seem to have been affected yet again. "Large number of protestors have occupied the railway tracks at Nallasopara Station from about 9.55 hrs, disrupting rail traffic," the Western Railway said in a tweet, "Administration & Security Forces are making all efforts to normalise the train operations".

10:29 AM: So far, there have been sporadic reports coming in of protestors attempting to public transport services as the band call over the Bhima Koregaon violence gets a few hours old. No instances of violence have been reported.

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10:18 AM: The situation in Maharashtra has affected inter-state bus operations. Bus services between Karnataka and Maharashtra have been halted as a precaution. State transport buses are also not plying in Maharashtra's Akola.

10:03 AM: Visuals from Ghatkopar, a Mumbai suburb affected in yesterday's protests, show large crowds gathered at the restive Ramabai Colony, where a number of Dalits had died in police firing two decades ago.

9:40 AM: Schools in Thane, like those in Pune, have decided to remain shut even though there is no official government directive asking for closure.

9:29 AM: Internet services in Aurangabad, which was among the cities hit by the protests yesterday, have been suspended for now.

9:27 AM: Visuals from Thane show people standing in queue for transport as the bandh call seems to have got auto-rickshaws to stay off the roads in the town.

9:14 AM: Schools in Pune have decided to remain shut today. While the state government did not issue an order asking schools not to operate today, few educational institutions are operating in Pune, near where Monday's clashes took place.

9:03 AM: According to early morning reports, Pune, Aurnagabad, Kolhapur, Gadchiroli, Satara and Nashik are seeing less daily activities than usual. People seem to have decided to remain at home just fearing violence.

8:45 AM: Several airlines have, once again, waived charges for ticket cancellations and no-show. Air India said it will not charge any fee for cancellation of tickets or rescheduling of a journey to/from Mumbai for today. Jet Airways, which had cancelled the fees yesterday as well, has extended to waiver to today. Meanwhile, IndiGo said it will waive change and cancellation fees for both Mumbai and Pune today and tomorrow.

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8:35 AM: Visuals from Chembur, a Mumbai suburb worst-hit during the protests yesterday, show shops shuttered. But it must be said that it is still early in the morning and the situation could change in the next few hours.

8:30 AM: The school bus owners' association in Mumbai has already said it will not operate fleets today in view of the bandh called in the state. Schools, however, will remain open, the Maharahstra government previously said.

(With inputs from India Today Mumbai bureau and agencies)

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