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Elgar Parishad, Bhima Koregaon are two different cases: CM Uddhav Thackeray

While addressing the media in Sindhudurg, CM Thackeray informed that the Maharashtra government will investigate the Bhima Koregaon violence case and will not give it to centre.

Elgar Parishad, Bhima Koregaon are two different cases: CM Uddhav Thackeray
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday clarified that the Elgar Parishad case and the Bhima Koregaon violence case are different and his government will probe the latter. 

While addressing the media in Sindhudurg, CM Thackeray informed that the Maharashtra government will investigate the Bhima Koregaon violence case and will not give it to centre. 

“Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon are two different cases. The issue of my Dalit brothers is about Bhima Koregaon and I will not give it to the Center. I want to make it clear that there will be no injustice to Dalit brothers,” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said. 

CM Thackeray’s remarks come after Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, Nawab Malik announced that the state government will conduct a parallel inquiry into the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case. 

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After Maharashtra government approved the transfer of Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case to National Investigation Agency (NIA), Sharad Pawar called a meeting with all NCP ministers after which Malik stated that the government has the authority to conduct a parallel probe under the section 10 of the NIA. 

NCP leader Anil Deshmukh also informed that the Elgar Parishad case was discussed in today’s meeting and said that he will seek legal opinion to consult SIT in this matter. 

“I will also discuss this with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to take a decision on the same,” Deshmukh added. 

The Bhima Koregaon violence happened after the Elgar Parishad conclave was held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017. It was alleged that inflammatory speeches were made at the event.

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In the Elgar Parishad case, the police arrested human rights activists and lawyers including Sudha Bharadwaj, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira and Shoma Sen. They were all arrested for being “Maoists”.

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