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Mumbai remains tense, Police denies permission for students' meet

Jignesh Mevani Live updates: Violence hits Mumbai, parts of Maharashtra as caste clashes turn ugly
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 18:59

Later, the incident of Bhima Koregaon took place and thereafter Maharashtra bandh was called. The Mumbai Police denied permission for the students' summit in the wake of protests and bandh in the state yesterday following violence on the anniversary of a battle fought 200 years ago at Bhima Koregaon in Pune. We have gathered evidences and also have the video and audio recordings of their speech. Jignesh Mevani and Khalid Umar had attended that event.

Mr Mevani along with Umar Khalid, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi had delivered the provocative speeches during the function which was held on December 31, at historical ground Shaniwarwada in Pune.

Bhalerao said that the Sangathan had now made a decision to hold a press conference in Mumbai to be addressed by both Mevani and Umar Khalid.

Clashes between dalit groups and supporters of right-wing Hindutva organisations during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district had left a man dead on Monday.

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He said the police action against him was indicative of BJP's nervousness after the Gujarat polls where it struggled to retain power winning 99 seats.

He said the BJP is "threatened by my growing popularity", and accused the party of "attacking me because they arrogantly thought they would win 150 seats in Gujarat and stopped at 99.and now are anxious about the 2019 national election". I am just being targeted.

Going hammer and tongs against the RSS-BJP over Dalit atrocities, Mevani sounded a stern warning. And finally through GST and demonetisation, they are targeting traders. He is reported to have said, "If there is to be a revolution in India, it won't be in the Assembly or Parliament but on the roads".

Khalid, who had been charged with sedition along with Kanhaiya Kumar in 2016, was to speak at noon in the 35th edition of the annual all-India summit organised by Chhatra Bharati Vidyarthi at Bhaidas Hall in Vile Parle (W) on Thursday, and Mevani at the concluding ceremony. "But the abolition of the caste system will only come about by fighting on the streets", he said, calling for a "revolution". "If the atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat and Maharashtra continue and there are attempts to tarnish my image, we will teach you (Modi) a befitting lesson in 2019", asserted Mevani. "Mevani, Khalid and other invitees are coming after 11 am", he said.

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