Police deny permission to Mevani, Khalid programme

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2018 08:54:04




Mumbai police stall the Left-leaning Chhatra Bharati’s All India Students Summit in the wake of Bhima-Koregaon violence

Prakash Ambedkar meets Fadnavis, demands arrest and prosecution of Bhide Guruji and Milind Ekbote

POLICE on Thursday denied permission to a summit scheduled to be addressed by Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid and detained students gathered here for the event in the wake of protests following violence on the anniversary of a battle fought 200 years ago at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune.

Those detained included Datta Daghe, the President of Chhatra Bharati, the organiser of the event, other organisers, MLC Kapil Patil, Allahabad University student leader Richa Singh and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Pradip Narwal.

Police swooped on the Bhaidas Hall, in Vile Parle in the morning, and stopped the Left-leaning Chhatra Bharati’s All India Students Summit which was scheduled to be addressed by Khalid and Mevani. Considered the Dalit face of Gujarat politics and convenor of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, Mevani was elected to the state Assembly last month as an Independent. Opposing the police move, Chhatra Bharati members staged noisy protests, raised anti-government slogans and attempted to squat outside the venue. Many were seen running on to the main road outside. In Pune, the police late on Wednesday booked Mevani and Khalid for ‘inciting passions’ between communities following a complaint by a Pune-based student, Akshay G. Bikkad. Bikkad said that at a meeting held on December 31, Mevani and Khalid made allegedly inflammatory speeches that could create misunderstanding between communities, and included excerpts from the objectionable speeches.

Meanwhile, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh President Prakash Ambedkar and other leaders called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding the arrest and prosecution of Shivjagar Pratisthan President Sambhaji Bhide Guruji and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti President Milind Ekbote, against whom complaints have been lodged by Pune Police.

He said Fadnavis told them that he had requested the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court to nominate a judge for the promised judicial enquiry into the entire episode.

“We have demanded that the probe commission should be given enhanced powers to even recommend punishment to those found guilty. This is the first time an enquiry commission shall be bestowed with such powers,” Ambedkar said.