Watch: Caste clashes in India bring Mumbai to a standstill

January 3, 2018
Samaa Web Desk

NEW DELHI: India is facing some serious clashes over caste issues. After a day of angry protests by Dalit groups across towns and cities in Maharashtra following caste clashes, Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of BR Ambedkar and head of a Dalit group, has called for #MaharashtraBandh on Wednesday.

Around 250 other Dalit groups supported the call for the statewide shutdown. Dalit groups clashes with local right-wing organisations on Monday, the 200th anniversary of the Anglo-Maratha battle at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune. A 30-year-old Maratha youth was killed in clashes and at least 12 other people were injured. The following day, Dalit protesters blocked major roads in Mumbai, disrupted road traffic and train services. Over 160 buses were damaged and heavy security had to be deployed. Over 100 protesters were later detained by the police.

Some hashtags are trending on Twitter regarding the fierce clashes, including #MumbaiBandh, #MaharashtaBandh and #MaharashtraCasteClash. Check out some of the tweets here: