Bhima-Koregaon violence: Nagpur university suspends assistant professor

Bhima-Koregaon violence

Nagpur, June 15:  The Nagpur University on Friday suspended assistant professor Shoma Sen after she was taken into custody by Pune Police over the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

This comes a day after, a Pune Court extended the police custody of four of the five accused till June 21.

Earlier on June 7, the court sent the four accused to police custody till June 14.

The four accused – Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut were arrested by the Pune police on June 6 from Mumbai, Nagpur, and Delhi.

The disturbances erupted in the village of Bhima-Koregaon on January 1 during the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Anglo-Maratha War which witnessed the army of Peshwa Bajirao II being defeated by a small force of the East India Company that comprised a large number of Dalits.

That afternoon, several lakhs of Dalits had congregated around the Victory Pillar (Vijay Stambh) erected by the British in Sanaswadi village when suddenly people started pelting stones allegedly by some right-wing groups carrying saffron flags

In the clashes that triggered between the two groups, more than 30 vehicles, including buses, police vans and private vehicles, were set on blaze or vandalised and one youth, Rahul Fatangale, 28, of Nanded lost his life.

The Bhima-Koregaon incident was followed by a crippling Maharashtra bandh on January 3, organized by the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, led by Prakash Ambedkar.


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