Raids on Dalit activists attempt to destroy evidence against Hindutva leader, says Prakash Ambedkar

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Raids on Dalit activists attempt to destroy evidence against Hindutva leader, says Prakash Ambedkar

Prakash Ambedkar, President of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh on Wednesday alleged that Pune police during their raid on Tuesday confiscated electronic gadgets of Dalit activists to destroy evidence gathered by them in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon riots.

Prakash Ambedkar, President of Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh on Wednesday alleged that Pune police during a raid on Tuesday confiscated electronic gadgets of Dalit activists to destroy evidence gathered by them in connection with January's Bhima-Koregaon riots.

He claimed that the evidence is enough to establish links of Shiv Pratishthan head Sambhaji Bhide with the riots.

Pune police conducted search at the residences of activists related to Kabir Kala Manch, an NGO which allegedly has links with the Naxals, in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur.

The search was a part of the investigation in a case registered in Pune for organising Yalgar Parishad (revolution rally) on December 30, 2017, two days prior to the Bhima-Koregaon riots.

Ambedkar claims that he has submitted all evidences to CM Devendra Fadnavis pertaining to involvement of Bhide in the riots.

"The CM is lying on the police raid story. He has linked them with search of urban Maoists. In fact, these searches were conducted to recover evidence from the activists," he said.

He also claimed that he had informed Fadnavis on one Raosaheb Patil's threat to him. "Patil had threatened to kill CM Fadnavis and Pune Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on a Facebook post. This post was deleted later."

Ambedkar alleged that the state government wanted to threaten Dalit community by conducting raids on residences of the activists.

"Sudhir Dhawale was arrested a few years back. He was branded as supporter of Naxal because some books on Karl Marx and Leftist ideology were found in his house. We asked the court and the police why the author was not arrested. The readers are Naxal supporter but the authors are not," he argued.

He reiterated that if the state government does not arrest Bhide, Dalit organisations will stage a gherao at state Assembly in the monsoon session to begin on July 4.