Bhima-Koregaon violence: Youths accused of murder file bail pleas in Bombay High Court

Mumbai: A 20-year-old man and two teenagers have approached the Bombay High Court seeking bail in a murder case linked to the violence that erupted on 1 January in Pune during the bicentenary celebrations of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon.

Representational image.  IBNLive

Representational image. IBNLive

The trio are lodged in a jail since their arrest on 10 January.

According to police, when the violence erupted on 1 January, a local resident Rahul Phatangade was allegedly accosted by the mob and beaten to death.

Justice Bharati Dangre has posted the bail pleas for hearing on Wednesday.

According to their pleas, they were arrested only because of the T-shirts they had worn depicting the picture of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Several persons had worn similar T-shirts at the event and the police picked up the trio based on a CCTV footage because of their alleged presence near the spot, where Phatangade's body was found, the bail pleas said.

The petitions add that there was no evidence whatsoever against the three and none of the witness statements mentions their names or role.

The pleas further claim that there is "nothing on record to implicate" them and they have been arrested "only on the basis of suspicion and because of the community" they belong to.

The prime accused in the case Milind Ekbote, was arrested on 14 March by the police and was last month granted bail by a Pune sessions court on a bond of Rs 25,000.

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Updated Date: May 08, 2018 20:41 PM

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