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Koregaon Bhima: 5 Arrested Have No Connection With Naxals, Says Ramdas Athwale

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| June 8 , 2018 , 12:29 IST

Addressing the media after 5 arrests in connection with Koregaon Bhima violence case, Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice Ramdas Athwale on Friday said that it is not correct to call Dalit rights activists as naxalites.

“If the arrested activists aren’t found in connection with naxal movement, I would surely extend them a helping hand. There is no connection between the Yalgar Parishad and Koregaon Bhima violence case and there should be a thorough investigation of the same” said Athwale.

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Ravindra Kadam, Joint Commissioner of Police, Pune while addressing a press conference in Pune on Thursday said that the five people arrested were supposedly involved in delivering hatred speeches and also in the distribution of controversial pamphlets. He added that some of these people have previously been booked in connection with the Maoists.

The five arrested include Elgaar Parishad leader Sudhir Dhawale, leader of Republican Panthers Jati Antachi Chalwal, social activist Rona Wilson, Nagpur lawyer Surendra Gadling, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut, a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development (PMRD) Fellow. The accused were arrested from Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Nagpur. All of the accused have been booked under various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

The 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle took an aggressive turn wherein a youth cost his life during an event to celebrate the day. The violence left various injured including 10 members of the police force. During the violence, some vehicles and a house in the vicinity were damaged.