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Bhima-Koregaon violence: Pune Police release video of men assaulting youth, arrest three in connection with unrest

Pune: Video grabs of four people seen assaulting a youth during the Bhima Koregaon violence that occurred on 1 January was released by the Maharashtra Police's Crime Investigation Department on Friday.

Rahul Phatangade, 30, a resident of Kanur Mesai, was attacked and killed by a mob, armed with stones and sticks, near Sanaswadi during the Bhima Koregaon violence on 1 January.

Representational image. 101 reporters

Representational image. 101 reporters

Pune (Rural) police has already arrested three people in connection with Phatangade's death. The case was taken over by the state CID in February. "During investigations, we recovered video footage in which a large mob is seen assaulting Phatangade with sticks and stones. We managed to identify four more assailants," said

Akkanouru Prasad Pralhad, Superintendent of Police, CID, Pune Unit.

"We are yet to ascertain the identity of the four people seen in the video. Therefore we are releasing the grabs of these suspects and also the complete video footage of a frenzied mob assaulting Phatangade," said Pralhad. He appealed to people to come forward and help the police with information that would lead to the arrest of the four persons seen in the video grabs.

Violence erupted on 1 January, allegedly due to provocative speeches made at the Elgar Parishad, organised at Pune's Shaniwarwada on 31 December, to commemorate 200 years of the Bhima Koregaon battle in 1818.

One person was killed and vehicles and houses were damaged in the violence.

Updated Date: Jun 08, 2018 18:23 PM

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