Every year, hundreds of Dalits visit the Bhima-Koregaon memorial to celebrate British Army's 1818 battle victory over Peshwa, as the East India Company's Army also consisted of Mahar soldiers.
Just a few minutes away from Bhima-Koregaon area is the Vudhu Budruk village that is home to the tomb of Govind Gopal Mahar.
Removal of a board highlighting this tomb triggered violence between Marathas and Dalits before few days. So, on January 1, when Dalits entered Bhima-Koregaon memorial area, the atmosphere was already tensed.
Here's an exclusive interaction with the decedents family of Govind Gopal Mahar !