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Judicial commission appointed to probe Bhima-Koregaon incident

Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Prashant Hamine

The state government yesterday appointed a two-member judicial commission headed by former chief justice of Calcutta High Court Justice Jai Narayan Patel to probe the Bhima-Koregaon violence earlier last month. Disclosing this to newspersons Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sudhir Shrivastav disclosed that besides Justice J N Patel, state Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick will also be a part of the probe.

He further stated that the two-member committee has been asked to look into the sequence of events that eventually led to the violence. Also, there will be a probe on who were the persons or organisations responsible for the violence and if there was adequate police presence at the spot at the time of the incident. Shrivastav further disclosed that the commission has been given four months to conduct a detailed probe and submit its report.

Justice J N Patel (68)  had handled the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blast case. He retired as Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court in 2012.

The event to mark 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwas army, was marred by incidents of violence on January 1 this year, with one person getting killed.

Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community then considered untouchable were part of the East India Company forces. However, some right-wing groups in Pune had expressed opposition to celebration of the British victory. Bharipa-Bahujan Mahasangh president Prakash Ambedkar had demanded that the government book Bhide Guruji and Milind Ekbote for the flareup.

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