Charges politically motivated, BJP scared for 2019 polls: Mevani

Live updates: Violence hits Mumbai, parts of Maharashtra as caste clashes turn ugly

BJP, RSS making childish attempts to tarnish my image, says Dalit activist Jignesh Mewani

Expressing his angst over the police denying him the permission for an event in Maharashtra, Mevani said: "MPs/MLAs have the duty to raise issues in Parliament or the Assembly".

"We had assured the police that there would be no speech that would incite any law and order problem". The complaint was later forwarded to Vishrambag police station, under whose jurisdiction the Elgaar Parishad was held in Pune to mark the 200th year of Battle of Bhima Koregaon.

Bikkad said that at a meeting held on December 31, Mewani and Khalid made allegedly inflammatory speeches that could create misunderstanding between communities, and included excerpts from the objectionable speeches.

Chaos reigned at Bhaidas Hall at Vile Parle on Thursday morning as students who had gathered from across Maharashtra for Chhatra Bharati event scheduled to be addressed by Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid outside Bhaidas Hall in Mumbai on Thursday morning, were forcibly removed by police. However, the police insisted, several students were beaten and sustained injuries. 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. I am a lawmaker now and they should have thought about this before registering the FIR. Their phones have been taken away, they are unable to reach us.

The police have registered a first information report against Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid for instigating the violence in Bhima-Koregaon that left a youth dead.

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In Mumbai, Sagar Bhalerao, vice president of Chhatra Bharati, claimed that the summit had been planned months in advance and that the organisers had all necessary permits. The administration has also slapped section 149 in parts of Mumbai.

Asked whether Mevani and Khalid would be summoned, he said, "The allegations in the FIR will be investigated". "We wanted to present our views, but the BJP government feels threatened by students", Richa Singh said.

The Battle of Koregaon pitted 800 British soldiers against 30,000 Marathas on 1 January, 1818.

The "Maharashtra Bandh" was called by Dalit organisations on Wednesday in protest against the clashes at the bicentenary celebrations.

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