'Bhima Koregaon Cases Against Dalits Must be Withdrawn': NCP MLC Prakash Gajbhiye Writes to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
A file image of Dalit march in Bhima Koregaon to commemorate the anniversary | (Photo Credits: PTI)

Mumbai, December 3: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLC Prakash Gajbhiye has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and asked for "withdrawal of cases filed against Dalits in the Bhima Koregaon violence case." The NCP MLC has requested the Shiv Sena chief and Maha Vikas Aghadi government to withdraw the cases against the activists who were booked in the January 1, 2018, Bhima Koregaon violence. Bhima Koregaon: Dalits to Celebrate 201st Anniversary of Battle of Koregaon on January 1; Additional Forces Deployed, Social Media Monitored.

The police had filed 58 cases against 162 people during a state-wide shutdown in January, 2018, following clashes in Bhima-Koregaon. Later that year, they filed a charge sheet against ten people, including five arrested activists- Roma Wilson, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut and Surendra Gadling and five absconding accused- Commander Dipak Milind Teltumbde, Kishanda Prashant Bose, Prakash Naveen Rituoam Goswami, Commanders Deepu and Manglu, reported ANI. Bhima Koregaon Violence Was Pre-Planned, Milind Ekbote And Sambhaji Bhide Created Atmosphere That Led to Riots: Report.

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The police, in its charge sheet, alleged that Elgaar Parishad, which was organized at Pune's Shaniwar Wada on December 31, 2017, had aggravated the violence in Koregaon Bhima a day later. The charge sheet further states that a letter recovered from one of the arrested accused revealed that a conspiracy was being framed to plan a Rajiv Gandhi like assassination to take down Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 'Urban Naxals': Who Are Being Referred to and Why is the Term Trending After Bhima Koregaon Raids?

The Bombay High Court on Monday, December 2, extended civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha’s interim protection from arrest till Friday in the Bhima Koregaon caste violence case. An FIR was lodged against Navlakha and others in January 2018 after the Elgar Parishad held on December 31, 2017 allegedly triggered violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune district the next day. Navlakha and the other accused were booked under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Indian Penal Code. (With Agency Inputs)