Mumbai: NCP has asked chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to withdraw all the cases related to Bima Koregaon against Activists who were called ‘urban naxalites’ when BJP rule in Maharashtra.
NCP MLA Dhananjay Munde has written to the CM Uddhav Thackeray, requesting him to look into the “false allegations” made against activists and lawyers who have been suffering in jail. Munde, in his letter, has demanded that the cases be withdrawn and the activists be released soon.
Last year, the Pune police, in two rounds, had arrested nine activists. These activists, according to the police, have been involved in “urban Naxalism” and had allegedly plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi style assassination plot”. Those arrested are also accused of triggering violence on thousands of Dalit-Bahujans who were visiting Bhima Koregaon in the outskirts of Pune on January 1, 2018. The gathering was organised to celebrate the 200th anniversary of a historic battle won by the British army – largely comprised of soldiers from the Dalit community – against the Peshwa regime ruled by the Brahmin king Baji Rao II in 1818.
In a letter, written in Marathi, to the CM, Munde said, “The BJP government has falsely implicated several activists. While some of them are already behind bars, others have been forced to visit the courts on a daily basis. BJP government has always been against an individual’s freedom of speech.”