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Opposition accuses govt of ‘inaction’

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Published : Jan 3, 2018, 6:19 am IST
Updated : Jan 3, 2018, 6:21 am IST

Mr Chavan also condemned the incident and called it a conspiracy to create a rift between two communities in the state.

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar (Photo: File | PTI)
 NCP Chief Sharad Pawar (Photo: File | PTI)

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Congress state chief Ashok Chavan and other Opposition party leaders have slammed the state government over its alleged “failure” on Monday to control violence that erupted in Pune district during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon.

Calling the incident “shameful”, Mr Pawar has alleged that Hindutvawadi organisations are behind the violence. “Local villagers have also been booked for the violence. This is not right. I had a word with them. According to them, people who came from outside Bhima-Koregaon have done this. The police must take this,” said Mr Pawar. He also said that attackers were from Hindutvawadi organisations and demanded strict action against them.

Mr Chavan also condemned the incident and called it a conspiracy to create a rift between two communities in the state. “Anti-social elements want to create a rift between dalits and Marathas. But people in Maharashtra are true followers of Shahu, Phule and Ambedkar. They won’t fall for these tactics,” said Mr Chavan.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (M) leader Prakash Reddy appealed to the people not to fall for rumours.

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