Indian caste protests hit Mumbai

Police stand guard at during a protest in Mumbai. Members of the Dalit community obstructed roads, damaged buses and marched down railway tracks, delaying train services, which are the lifeline of India’s bustling financial capital. (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2018
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Indian caste protests hit Mumbai

MUMBAI: Demonstrators from India’s lowest caste blocked roads and railways across Mumbai on Wednesday in protest against violence involving Hindu nationalist groups at an event commemorating a 200-year-old battle.
Members of the Dalit community obstructed roads, damaged buses and marched down railway tracks, delaying train services, which are the lifeline of India’s bustling financial capital.
Some schools and business opted to close as a precaution while the city’s famous lunchbox delivery men, called “Dabbawalas,” also canceled their services.
The protests came in response to violence, which broke out at a ceremony in a village near Pune in Maharashtra state on Monday, leaving one man dead.
Dalits had gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in 1818, in which they helped British colonial forces defeat the high-caste Peshwas.
Dalit leaders accused right-wing Hindus of inciting Monday’s clashes, which spread to other areas of Maharashtra of which Mumbai is the capital.
The state government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the clashes.
Mumbai police said more than 100 demonstrators had been arrested and nine cases of unlawful activity had been registered.
On Wednesday politicians called for a peaceful end to the violence.
“There is an attempt to create a social divide which we have to foil unitedly,” said Neelam Gorhe, a leader of the right-wing Hindu party Shiv Sena.


Taliban kill 6 police in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province

Updated 21 June 2018
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Taliban kill 6 police in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province

KABUL: An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed six police in the southern Ghazni province.
Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says another four policemen were wounded in the attack on security posts early Thursday. He says at least seven insurgents were killed in the hours-long gunbattle.
No one immediately claimed the attack.
The Taliban have seized several districts across the country in recent years, and carry out near-daily attacks, mainly targeting security forces. They resumed their attacks after a three-day ceasefire last weekend coinciding with the Muslim Eid Al-Fitr holiday.