Bal Bhawan clash: Ambedkar Manch, Dalit bodies take out rally in Gwalior

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gwalior
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2016 21:43 IST
The AVM workers marched from Thatipur to Ambedkar Park in Gwalior on Sunday. (Umesh Singh/ HT photo)

Several Dalit organisations, led by Ambedkar Vichar Manch (AVM), participated in a peaceful march on Sunday to protest against the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers for allegedly triggering violence during a seminar at Bal Bhawan on February 21 in Gwalior.

BJYM and AVM members clashed when the former group interrupted a discussion on Dalit icon BR Ambedkar by a JNU professor, forcing police to baton charge for dispersing the two sides. At least one Ambedkar Manch member was injured during the clash.

The AVM workers marched from Thatipur to Ambedkar Park in Phoolbagh demanding action against BJYM district president Vikas Sharma and others responsible for triggering violence. Dharmendra Kushwaha of the Saiyukt Morcha -- a front comprising various Dalit organisations – said the agitation would intensify if police did not act within three days.

The Morcha also maintained that there was a need for peaceful coexistence and education in the country.

Meanwhile, superintendent of police HN Mishra said on basis of credible evidence available the police have identified the people involved in triggering unrest at the Bal Bhawan event. He said action would be taken against the accused soon.

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