Mevani not responsible for Bhima-Koregaon violence: Athawale

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2018 08:36:35



WHILE the Pune police has registered a case against Jignesh Mevani for a “provocative speech”, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said the Gujarat MLA was not responsible for the violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune district on January 1.

Speaking to reporters here after meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Athawale, said there was tension in the area even prior to the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle on January 1.

Dalits visiting the war memorial at Bhima-Koregaon had reportedly come under attack on January 1. Dalit leaders had blamed certain pro-Hindutva leaders, who were opposed to the anniversary celebrations, for the attacks, while the latter sought to blame Mevani’s “provocative speech”, which was delivered a day earlier.