Tension gripped the Mumbai suburb of Chembur on Tuesday a day after clashes between Dalit and Maratha groups broke out in Bhima Koregaon near Pune.
An eyewitness told that he had visited the bank at noon, when a group of boys came to the bank and demanded that the shutters be downed.
“The shutters were downed at Chembur station as well,” sources confirm .
According to eyewitnesses, the commotion started at Chembur naka. The police quickly reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Unconfirmed reports also suggest that a bus was broken during the protests.
Tension was also reported from Powai, Mankhurd, Bhandup, Govandi, Sion and Mulund where several shops were told to pull down their shutters. According to reports, some shops that stayed open were vandalised. Shops in Ghatkopar have aslo been closed. Traffic is blocked on Eastern Express Highway due to agitation. Few vehicles have been damaged at Pratiksha Nagar in Sion
Police personnel have been deployed at all the crucial areas and the police patrolling is on in the city to avoid any kind of untoward incident.
Mumbai police also tweeted about the traffic in the city, requeting citizens not to spread rumours. Mumbai Police also twitted .
"The people in agitation rally are requesting people to support them in their protest by closing their shops. Situation is under control in Mulund area and police presence have been increased,"said Shripad Kale, SPI Mulund police station.
Another police officer said, "There have been no casualties reported so far, and we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure law and order.”
However, one police officer was injured. Picture confirms glimpse of the injured cop.
Speaking to media , Lakhmi Gautam, the additional commissioner of police (eastern region) said, ""There were stone pelting on police and other vehicles in Chembur and Govandi. Our policeman have been injured in the stone pelting. An Action will be taken against the stone pelters," he said.