Bhima Koregaon case not handed over to NIA, clarifies Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

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Amid the simmering tensions with alliance companions NCP and the Congress over the switch of Elgar Parishad to National Investigation Agency (NIA), Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday (February 18) mentioned that the Bhima Koregaon case and Elgaar Parishad case are “two different” circumstances.

He asserted that Bhima Koregaon case is expounded to Dalits and he has not transferred the probe on this case to NIA as a result of he needs to make sure that no injustice is finished to Dalits of the state. Thackeray made the statements only a day after state Minister of Minority Development and NCP chief Nawab Malik said {that a} Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Maharashtra Police will likely be constituted to probe Bhima Koregaon case.

“Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon are two different issues. The issue of Dalits is related to Bhima Koregaon. I have not handed over its investigation to the Centre and will not give it. I want to make it clear that there will be no injustice to Dalits,” mentioned the Shiv Sena chief.

Last week, the Elgar Parishad case was transferred by a Pune court docket to a particular NIA court docket in Mumbai after the Centre had transferred the probe into the case from the Pune Police to the NIA.

It is to be famous that each the NCP and the Congress have criticised Thackeray’s resolution to switch the Elgar Parishad case to the NIA. “This is not fair, we are partners and such things should be discussed. You (Uddhav Thackeray) may have power but one should use it judiciously. Our ministers are there, they’ll fight,” Mallikarjun Kharge, AICC basic secretary in-charge of Maharashtra, was quoted as saying by information company ANI.

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NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had additionally expressed his reservations over Thackeray’s resolution, saying, “It was not right for the Centre to hand over the investigation into the case to the NIA. But it was even more wrong for the state government to support the transfer of the case,” he had mentioned.

The case is expounded to alleged inflammatory speeches delivered by some folks on the Elgaar Parishad conclave on December 31, 2017. According to Pune Police, the speeches delivered at Elgaar Parishad conclave triggered violence near the Koregaon Bhima struggle memorial in Pune on January 1, 2018. Pune Police have claimed theElgaar Parishad conclave was backed by Maoists.