The Facebook page with the disputed comment, which has been removed by Pune Police, went viral in the city on Sunday, June 8. An angry mob took to the streets and pelted stones on buses.
According to sources, police beefed up security at the most affected areas which were -- Sinhagad Road, Dandekar bridge, Pimpri, Kalewadi and Bhatnagar. All shops were closed on Monday, June 9.
We have detained 5 youths who were involved in stone pelting incidents
Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) Public Relation Officer Deepak Pardeshi was quoted as saying, "PMPML buses were damaged in Kalyaninagar, Sinhagad Road areas in Pune city, and Kalewadi and Bhatnagar in Pimpri area."
Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner of Police (Law & Order) Sanjay Kumar said, "We have detained 5 youths who were involved in stone pelting incidents on Sinhagad road. We got details of about 10 incidents."
Continuing his statement, the commissioner also added, "The violence is being perpetuated by people who are forwarding the objectionable posts about Dr Ambedkar on Whatsapp, even after police blocked the posts on Facebook. We have deployed heavy bandobast to avoid any untoward incident and the situation is totally under control."
Earlier 28-year-old Mohasin Shaikh, an employee of a leading software company, were killed by people of an alleged Hindu outfit. The young techie was beaten and was left to die at suburban Hadapsar which witnessed violence in the wake of Facebook posts denigrating warrior king Shivaji and Shiv Sena supremo late Bal Thackeray.