Maharashtra Govt to withdraw cases against Bhima-Koregaon rioters

Mumbai, March 13: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday announced that the Maharashtra government plans to withdraw cases against the accused in Bhima-Koregaon communal violence in Pune which had claimed one life. 

While speaking in the assembly, Fadnavis also stated that the state government will give compensation to the people who suffered losses during the clashes.

Fadnavistold the house that a committee will be constituted to take a decision on the serious cases filed in the matter and submit its report within three months.

Apart from this, he said the state will take over the management and maintenance of the samadhi of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj in Vadhu-Budruk village, which is located around five kms from Bhima-Koregaon.

The Maharastra CM informed the assembly a total of 58 cases have been registered by the Pune police in connection with the riots that triggered on New Year’s Day and 162 accused were nabbed.

The riots had claimed one person life and more than a hundred injured including 60 policemen, he added.

Referring to the losses, Fadnavis said these amounted to around Rs 13 crore, out of which Rs 9.40 crore were in Bhima-Koregaon riots itself.

Of these, Dalit community members suffered losses of around Rs 1 crore and Muslims more than Rs 85 lakh, which the government would compensate, Fadnavis asserted.

Post clashes, the government had registered 17 cases under the Atrocities Act plus 600 other cases and 1199 accused were arrested for various offences, besides 2,053 being detained as a preventive measure.

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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