VBA's Maharashtra Bandh turns violent in Mumbai

The people inflicted damage to the BEST bus running on route no. 362, when it had reached Swastik Park at around 9:15 am.

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The Vachit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), led by Prakash Ambedkar, had declared a state-wide bandh on January 24, Friday, as a sign of protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

However, the silent protest against the controversial CAA and NRC, turned violent after some people smashed windows of a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply Transport (BEST) bus in Chembur. The bus driver was reported to have suffered injuries during the incident and has been identified as Vilas Babasaheb Dabhade (53).

People inflicted damage to the BEST bus running on route no. 362, when it had reached Swastik Park at around 9:15 am. They flinged stones at the bus. The glass in front of the driver's seat was broken and caused injury to him. According to BEST Corporation, the driver has been admitted in hospital and is undergoing treatment at Govandi's Shatabdi Hospital.

Meanwhile, VBA leader Prakash Ambedkar has stated that violence has not been caused by his party workers. He clarified that the damage to public property has been inflicted by some anti-social elements from another party. Condemning the incident, he demanded that the police must take swift action against the accused.

The Maharashtra Bandh has received support from 25 organisations in the state. Prior to the bandh, a meeting was held by the organisations where it was made clear that public or private property must not be damaged. Despite this, the protest has witnessed a violent incident.

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