CM announces judicial probe into Bhima-Koregaon violence

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2018 08:20:12



Fadnavis appeals for peace, promises action against rumour mongers

Prakash Ambedkar gives Maharashtra bandh call today

Violent incidents in Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Dhule, Beed, Nashik, Pune, Solapur, Thane and Palghar


MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry into the Bhima-Koregaon violence.

“A sitting High Court judge will head the inquiry,” Fadnavis said. He announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to kin of Rahul Fatangale of Nanded, who was killed in the clashes and added that CID will probe into his death.

“Strict action would be taken against those who use social media to spread rumours”, he said and appealed to political parties to refrain from saying anything that would fuel tensions. He said, Maharashtra is a progressive State which does not believe in casteist violence.

“Around three lakh people had gathered (for the battle anniversary celebrations). Some people tried to create a serious scene. But six companies (of security personnel) were posted. Police promptly controlled the situation and averted a major problem,” Fadnavis said.

Meanwhile, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader Prakash Ambedkar has called for Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday to protest the State Government’s “failure” to stop the violence. Ambedkar has appealed for peace during the bandh period.
The Bhima-Koregaon violence sparked off protests in various parts of the State on Tuesday, including in Mumbai where protesters staged a rail roko in Chembur.

Shops and business establishments were shut and a senior journalist of a national news channel was attacked as groups of youths from Chembur, Vikhroli, Mankhurd and Govandi joined the protest, police said.

Violent incidents were witnessed in Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Dhule, Beed, Nashik, Pune, Solapur, Thane and Palghar.
At least 25 buses of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, besides private luxury buses and other vehicles, were damaged in stone pelting by riotous mobs.

2 leaders booked


PIMPRI Police on Tuesday filed a case against Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide who head Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan, respectively, and others under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and under various sections of the IPC including attempt to murder.

The duo were booked after one Anita Savle approached the Pimpri police alleging that she and her friend were attacked by a group of people near Vadhu village adjacent to Bhima-Koregaon. She alleged that the entire attack and arson was orchestrated by the duo.

“A case was registered against Ekbote, Bhide, and others, under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, Arms Act, 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and rioting”, said PI Vivek Mugalikar.