Some 500 protesters in Dharavi protesting for justice for Rohith Vemula were beaten up by goons of RSS. Casteist remarks were made against those shouting jai bhim. A poster with Dr ambedkar’s photo was torn and stamped upon by RSS goons.
The attack happened in presence of several police officers. But they did nothing to stop the goons and instead pushed the protesters away.
The protesters bravely stood ground and have now marched towards nearest police station to lodge complain against the RSS attackers.
Several protesters sustained injuries including students.
According to a student, 500 of them had taken out a rally in support of Vemula. “As our morcha neared Kamgar Nagar, a group came out from the RSS office and started assaulting us,” said a woman protester.
Sources said at least 10 people were thrashed, while three women alleged that they were manhandled and molested them. Among those who sustained injuries were two female students from south Mumbai colleges. The injured were taken to Sion hospital. A protester said, “People attacked us with stones and bamboos. The police are not ready to file a case under the Atrocities Act.” Brushing off the “minor incident”, DCP Mahesh Patil said the situation was now under control.