Four killed during protests; two trains set afire
ANGERED BY the desecration of B R Ambedkar's statue in Kanpur, Dalits in several parts of Maharashtra went on the rampage today, setting two trains on fire, damaging over 100 buses and clashing with police in violent protests that left four persons dead and over 60 injured.
As the state witnessed protests for the second day, the authorities imposed curfew in Nanded town of Marathwada region, Pimpri in Pune district and Nandurbar town in north Maharashtra following violence.
Two persons died in police firing at Osmanabad in Marathwada on Thursday, while one person each died in Nanded and Nasik during protests on Wednesday night. Five compartments of the Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen train were torched by a mob of over 6,000 people at Ulhasnagar.Some compartments of a commuter train were also torched in Ulhasnagar, where police fired in the air to control violent crowds.
"The protesters first asked passengers to alight from the Deccan Queen and then set it afire," Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil told reporters. At least 13 policemen, including a senior IPS officer, were injured in the protests. Mumbai's eastern suburb of Bhandup witnessed the maximum violence. Shops and establishments in the city were also closed. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh cut short his three -day official visit to Singapore and will return to Mumbai on Friday.