September 29, 2020

Sharad Pawar, Nitin Raut Maintain Assembly Over Discovering ‘Actual Criminals’ Behind Koregaon-Bhima Violence



File photo of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar.

File picture of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar.

Other than Raut, the assembly was additionally attended by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh and Water Sources Minister Jayant Patil (all from NCP) and Faculty Schooling Minister Varsha Gaikwad (from Congress).

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday held a gathering with just a few Maharashtra ministers on the 2018 Koregaon-Bhima violence. Power Minister and Congress chief Nitin Raut, who attended the assembly, mentioned a “severe dialogue” was held on forming a particular investigation crew (SIT) to probe the “actual criminals who hatched the conspiracy”.

Other than Raut, the assembly was additionally attended by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh and Water Sources Minister Jayant Patil (all from NCP) and Faculty Schooling Minister Varsha Gaikwad (from Congress).


“Thought to kind an SIT to e-book the true culprits of #BhimaKoregaon riots mentioned in a gathering immediately with Hon. Sharad Pawar @PawarSpeaks ji. Those that have been let go unpunished by BJP authorities is not going to be spared anymore,” Raut tweeted later.

Earlier this 12 months, Pawar had written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray searching for an SIT to analyze the matter. “Some folks have been termed as Naxalites (in reference to the case). We do not assume it was right. So, we reviewed the matter to seek out out what’s the actual state of affairs and are occupied with what may be carried out after chatting with specialists,” Pawar instructed reporters after the assembly.

Noting that the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) is probing the matter, Pawar mentioned it’s the Centre’s prerogative and he was not interfering in it. “However the state authorities too has some powers. It was mentioned within the assembly whether or not it’s acceptable or to not use these powers,” Pawar mentioned.

Violence broke out close to the Koregaon Bhima battle memorial close to Pune throughout the bicentennial celebration of an 1818 battle on January 1, 2018. The East India Firm’s forces, which included sepoys of Mahar caste, a Dalit group, defeated the military of the Brahmin Peshwa ruler of Pune within the battle in 1818. Dalits commemorate the victory as an emblem of defeat of the previous Brahmanical order.

Pune Police had claimed that inflammatory statements made a day earlier at Elgar Parishad conclave, allegedly backed by Maoists, led to the violence. The NIA took up the investigation of the case on January 24 this 12 months.