New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday criticised the withdrawal of certain cases against Sambhaji Bhide, who is also a suspect in the recent Bhima-Koregaon violence, alleging it has exposed BJP's "anti-Dalit" stand.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) reiterated its demand that the culprits who indulged in violence in the Bhima-Koregaon incidents be brought to justice. "The BJP government in the state has also withdrawn cases against hundreds of BJP-Shiv Sena workers," the CPI (M) alleged in a statement.
"In sharp contrast, the cases that were slapped against dalit activists remain and they continue to be subjected to undue harassment. This totally exposes BJP's anti-dalit stand. This is condemnable," the statement said.
The Maharashtra Police withdrew old rioting cases against the right-wing leader, six months before the violence in Koregaon-Bhima near Pune, response to an RTI query has revealed. The cases were filed against Bhide in 2008 and 2009 in Sangli in western Maharashtra, it said.
A senior police official, however, said Monday the charges against the 85-year-old in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case have not been dropped.
Bhide, a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist who heads Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, is an accused in the 1 January Bhima-Koregaon caste violence case.
Violence broke out on 1 January during the annual celebrations at Bhima Koregaon to mark the 200th year of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
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Updated Date: Oct 01, 2018 20:00:39 IST