Buses were stoned while schools and shops remained shut on the day the Dalit organisations had called for a shutdown across Maharashtra a day after they were attacked by goons allegedly having links with Hindutva outfits.
The shutdown received a mixed response in the Pune since morning with some shops doing business with their shutters partially up.
Hordes thronged Dahisar checkpost, the critical entry point to Mumbai and staged a road blockade, preventing traffic movement in both directions, and leading to vehicular narls. Stones were pelted at vehicles in parts of Jogeshwari, Powai and Andheri East in Mumbai.
Schools and colleges opened as usual in Mumbai but schoolbuses stayed off roads as a precaution. One private school bus was stoned in Chembur but there were no injuries to anyone, reported news agency IANS.
Some examinations of the Aurangabad University had to be rescheduled as candidates could not make it to the examination centres, while internet services were suspended in the global tourist hotspot.
Quoting Additional Commissioner of Police (South/North Region) Ravindra Sengaonkar, PTI reported that there were two instances of stone-pelting, one in Sukhsagar Nagar and second in Singhgad Road on buses of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited.
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According to PMPNL, since Tuesday, 42 buses from its fleet were stoned and since Wednesday morning, the number of buses being hit by stones stood at around 10 to 12.
“Buses are being plied under instructions from the police,” said a PMPMl officer.
Several private schools remained shut as a precautionary measure despite there being no official holiday being declared for educational institutions.
According to the officials of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), the supply of vegetables reduced by 20 per cent.
“On an average day, we receive 1000 trucks of vegetables and agriculture produce from various parts of the state. In wake of the bandh, the supply dropped by 20 per cent today,” said an APMC officer bearer.
According to Savitribai Phue Pune University (SPPU), a paper of Masters of Pharmacy scheduled for Wednesday was postponed.
Meanwhile some Dalit organisations have decided to march to Milind Ekbotes house but Sengaonkar said that no such permission would be granted.
Ekbote along with another Hindutva outfit leader Sambhaji Bhide alias Bhide Guruji were booked under relevant sections of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly orchestrating the violence in Bhima Koregaon on 1 January.
“There is adequate police bandobast deployed in the city and we appeal to the people to not take law into their hands,” Sengaonkar appealed.
The caste violence that started on Monday had spread to Mumbai on Tuesday as the Maxim city was brought to a standstill with protesters demanding action against those involved in clashes in Pune.
At least one person was killed and many injured on Monday as the event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district was marred by incidents of stone pelting and vandalism. There were reports that those who attacked the Dalits had allegiance to the RSS and BJP as veteran journalist Nikhil Wagle tweeted;