Burhanpur bandh turns violent, 12 buses damaged, road traffic hit

Bhopal: The fire of ongoing Bhima-Koregaon caste violence in Maharashtra has spread to Madhya Pradesh as well with protestors went on rampage in Burhanpur, a Maha border district, during a bandh on Thursday. According to information, at least 12 vehicles were vandalised by irate mob, which even resorted to stone-pelting on trucks plying on Indore-Ichhapur state highway here. Earlier, a bandh call was given by Dalit groups — Buddhist Society, Bhim Sena and otherss- as a mark of protest against the Monday’s violence at Bhima-Koregaon village and nearby areas of Pune district during an event to mark the 200th anniversary of a battle between Peshwas and British forces.

The bandh crippled normal life in the district which shares common border with Jalgaon, Amravati, Buldhana, and Akola districts of Maharashtra, which witnessed protests during the bandh called by Dalit groups, on Wednesday. The market area in the town remained closed and no buses were plying from the town to Maharashtra. Some eye-witnesses claimed that on Thursday morning, a group of youths reached the bus stand and suddenly went on rampage, damaging the buses and assaulting a driver.

Even some of them attempted to torch a bus but were chased away by the police personnel present at the spot. Later, a posse of police led by ASP Rakesh Kumar Sagar and ADM Ramanuj Toppo reached the bus stand and took things under control. Heavy police force has been posted in public places and the ASP said they would be on the lookout for trouble-makers and strict action would be taken on those involved. When contacted, District Superintendent of Police Pankaj Shrivastava said no injuries or casualties were reported during the bandh.

“Police force reached the spot and controlled the situation,” he said. The SP added that more than a dozen persons were booked for violence; eight of them were named. Police have arrested 10 persons in connection with the incident. Security was beefed up in the area to prevent any flare-up. “We will not allow anyone to take law in their hands. Action will be taken against those guilty,” Shrivastav said.