Bhima Koregaon Violence: Police releases pictures of suspects involved in killing of youth

Bhima-Koregaon violence

Pune, June 8: The Pune Police on Friday released pictures of suspects involved in the death of a youth Rahul Fatangale during Bhima Koregaon Violence.

Superintendent of police (SP), Akkanouru Prasad told ANI, “We released pictures of the suspects who were involved in attacking the youth with stones and sticks. Also, a video clip was found and based on that, we arrested three people from Ahmednagar district.”

“There are many people who were involved in the violence. Their faces are not clear in some of the pictures we released. We have not been able to identify them. The investigation is going on”, he added.

So far, five people have been arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence have links with Naxals, Pune Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam said on Thursday.

Among those arrested include Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut.

Yesterday, the Pune Court sent all the five arrested, including activist Rona Wilson and lawyer Surendra Gadling, to police custody till June 14.

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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