- Bhima Koregaon village in Pune experienced violent activities on January 1 by Hindu Ekta Aghadi, as alleged by Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar. In order to protest against the State Government’s failure to address the violence, he called for a Maharashtra Bandh today i.e January 2, 2018.
- Once the Maharashtra bandh was declared, Mumbai government took immediate steps to handle the situation and deployed nearly 21,000 security personnel to keep up with the peace. Despite several measures, thousands of protesters marched to Mumbai and nearby areas in order to enforce the bandh today.
- Maharashtra Democratic Front, Maharashtra Left Front including 250 other smaller organizations supported the Bandh today.
- Local trains around the Ghatkopar region were blocked by protesters, thus resulting in the delay of Central Harbour Lines. Moreover, ‘BEST’ Maharashtra civic transport buses were also heavily damaged and put on fire. School, colleges, and offices remained open despite several riots.
- Baramati, Sangli, and Miraj reportedly experienced a complete shutdown due to the increase of violent activities in these towns. Further, most schools and markets in Nagpur remained closed.
- Calling for peace and calm, Jignesh Mewani, Gujrat politician tweeted, “Maharashtra government must ensure rule of law. I appeal to the people of Maharashtra to maintain peace.”
- Around 100 people were arrested by police from Mumbai and adjoining areas. Police claim that all of them were Dalit protesters.
- In Pune, buses and vehicles were set on fire and vandalized in Hadapsar and in Fursungi due to which services to main centers like Ahmednagar and Aurangabad were suspended.
- Congress President Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, blamed BJP and the RSS for the chaotic mess and disaster. He tweeted, “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,”
- Around 4:30 pm the day-long bandh was withdrawn by Prakash Ambedkar.