As violence paralysed parts of Maharashtra in a day-long state-wide shutdown called by various Dalit parties against Maratha groups on Wednesday, a shocking video has gone viral showing a kid holding stones in his tiny hands during the tense situation in the state.
In the video, which sent chills down the spine, the kid is heard saying that he is going to kill Marathas. Read the conversation between the young boy and the man who probably shot the video:
Videographer: Why do you have these stones in your hand?
Child: To attack people with it.
Videographer: Why do you want to attack people?
Child: Because we were attacked.
Child: (Someone prompts the child, says “Maratha”, after which the child responds) Maratha people.
Videographer: So now what are you going to do?
Child: I am going to kill them.
Videographer: Where are you going now?
Child: To kill them.
Videographer: Why did you come to Pune?
Child: To pay my respects.
Videographer: To whom?
Child: Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
It's so shameful.. What non sense is the society teaching such small kids to fire up situations? 😡#BhimaKoregaon #BhimaKoregaonViolence #Mumbai #Pune #MaharashtraCasteClash #MaharashtraBandh pic.twitter.com/OcVijt6Zwy
— Kunal Rajani (@kunal_rajani) January 3, 2018
Dalit activists earlier today jumped on railway tracks, shouting slogans and waved flags to attempt rail-blockades at various stations in Thane and Palghar districts, but were prevented by the security forces.
Community members thronged Dahisar check-post, the critical entry point to Mumbai and staged a road blockade, preventing traffic movement in both directions.
In the evening, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar called off ‘Maharashtra Shutdown’ which left large parts of Mumbai and rest of the state virtually paralysed for 10 hours since dawn on Wednesday.
He demanded that the state government should slap murder charges on the perpetrators of the violence and subsequent death of a youth in Koregaon-Bhima incident of January 1.
Ambedkar cited the names of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan president Sambhaji Bhide Guruji and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti president Milind Ekbote, against whom complaints have been lodged by Pune police.
He said the shutdown action was not only for the Dalit cause but to highlight the plight of the state’s downtrodden people and seek justice for them.
Stones were pelted at vehicles in parts of Goregaon, Jogeshwari, Powai, Bhandup, Chembur, Govandi and Andheri East in Mumbai and parts of Navi Mumbai.
Schools and colleges were open in Mumbai but most students remained absent.
On Monday, the disturbance erupted in Bhima Koregaon village during the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Anglo-Maratha War between the Army of Peshwa Bajirao II with a small force of the East India Company.