Prakash Gajbhiye: Let off activists booked in Koregaon violence

NCP's alliance partner People's Republican Pa-rty's chief Jogendra Kav-ade also demanded the withdrawal of cases against Dalit activists.

Mumbai: Pressure is mounting on chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to withdraw all cases registered against activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case.

After Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jitendra Awhad, MLC Prakash Gajbhiye, too, on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Mr Thackeray in the presence of Cabinet ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil.

NCP’s alliance partner People’s Republican Party’s chief Jogendra Kavade also demanded the withdrawal of cases against Dalit activists.

Mumbra MLA Awhad and Mr Patil — through his Twitter handle — had also demanded the withdrawal of cases against activists in Bhima-Koregaon case.

An FIR was lodged against activists Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bhard-waj, Shoma Sen, Sudhair Dhawale and others in January 2018 for allegedly inciting a riot after the Elgar Parishad — an event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon which ended the Peshwa domination. — was held on December 31, 2017.

Interestingly, when the Sena was in power with the BJP, its mouthpiece Saamana had compared Dalit activists, against whom cases were registered after the violence, to the terrorists of al-Qaeda.

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