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Maharashtra dalit violence flames reach Madhya Pradesh; rampage during Burhanpur bandh

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Special Correspondent

The flames of the Bhima-Koregaon dalit violence in Maharashtra have reached Madhya Pradesh with protestors going on rampage in Burhanpur – a border district – during a successful bandh call.

Windows of about a dozen buses at the bus stand in the town were smashed and a bus driver was also reportedly assaulted. Similarly, glasses of two trucks parked on Indore Road were broken too.

The Burhanpur bandh call on Thursday had been reportedly given by organizations claiming allegiance to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. The bandh was fairly successful, affecting local business and public transport.

Number of people gathered before the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar in Burhanpur town on Thursday morning under the banner of the Buddhist Society and leaders addressed the gathering.

Later, a group of youth reached the bus stand and suddenly went on rampage, damaging the buses and assaulting a driver. Later, a posse of police led by additional superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar Sagar and additional district magistrate Ramanuj Toppo reached the bus stand and took things under control.

Police has been posted in large number in public places and the additional SP said that they would be on the lookout for trouble makers and strict action would be initiated on those involved.

The superintendent of police Deepak Singh later said that things were under control, but vigil was strict.