Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid were to address
Amidst violence and disruption in public life, Mumbai witnessed another angry anti government mass students’ protest on Thursday when police abruptly refused permission for a convention to be addressed by newly elected Dalit MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani and JNU student Leader Umar Khalid.
According to a Mumbai police spokesperson, permission has been denied for the Chhatra Bharati’s All India National Students Summit scheduled in Mithibai college auditorium Vile Parle. He refused to give the reason for denying the permission.
The students meet was scheduled much earlier. But the prevailing situation seems to be the reason of denying permission for the students’ summit. The Bhima Koregaon violence between the Dalits and high caste people in Pune has already affected the lives of millions of people in the state.
Official sources said that the refusal for the left-oriented student body meet came in the wake of prohibitory orders imposed in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra after Wednesday’s shutdown, in retaliation to the alleged attack on Dalits commemorating 200th anniversary of 1818 war in Bhima Koregaon on December 31. Jignesh Mevani and Khalid Umar had attended that event.
Opposing the police move, Chhatra Bharati members attempted to squat outside the Bhaidas Hall (venue) and many were seen running on the main road outside. Dozens of the students were detained and taken away from the frowd.
Chhatra Bharati Vice President Sagar Bhalerao said that the daylong event was planned long ago in which both Mevani, Khalid and other prominent personalities were invited to speak.
The organizers of the students summit have accused police of acting at the behest of the ruling BJP -Shiv Sena government in the state “to crush the voice of the students” .
Meanwhile, The Pune police has registered an FIR against Jignesh Mevani and JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid under charges of promoting enmity between the two groups. They are alleged for delivering provocative speeches in Pune on December 31.
Bhima Koregaon event was addressed by Mevani, Khalid and Dalit leaders Prakash Ambedkar and Radhika Vemula. It was in commemoration gathering on the occasion of bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon 1818 battle in which 500 soldiers of the Mahar community fought alongside the English to defeat the forces of Peshwa Bajirao II. However, the clashes between the two groups marred the celebrations.
According to the local media in Maharashtra, the names of Milind Ekbote (60), the head of ‘Samasta Hindu Aghadi’, and 85-year-old Sambhaji Bhide ‘Guruji’, the head of ‘Shiv Pratisthan’ have surfaced in connection with orchestrating the violence.
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