Bhima Koregaon violence: Mumbai Police denies permission for protest seeking Sambhaji Bhide's arrest

Mumbai: The city police on Sunday refused permission to a protest march planned by a group of activists to demand the arrest of Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Permission for the 'Elgar Morcha' was denied as it could cause inconvenience to people on a working day, and the protesters were appealed to gather directly at the Azad Maidan in South Mumbai, police said in a release.

The activists wanted to take out the protest march from Ranubaug in Byculla, the release said.

Bhide is accused of instigating the violence against Dalits during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in January. He has denied the allegation.

The violence that occurred near the war memorial at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune district on 1 January triggered a sharp reaction from Dalit organisations.

Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar had last week demanded Bhide's arrest by 26 March, warning of an agitation if the government didn't oblige.

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Updated Date: Mar 26, 2018 09:44:30 IST

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