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Maharashtra government withdraws cases in Bhima Koregaon, Maratha agitation

Of the 649 cases registered in Bhima Koregaon violence, the state government has withdrawn 348 cases. Of the 548 cases registered during Maratha agitation, 460 cases have been withdrawn by the Maharashtra government.

Maharashtra government withdraws cases in Bhima Koregaon, Maratha agitation
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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday informed that the state government has withdrawn 348 cases registered in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence and 460 cases filed in the Maratha reservation agitation. 

The State Home Minister informed this while speaking in the Maharashtra Legislative council. Deshmukh responded after Congress MLA Sharad Ranpise raised a question regarding the same. 

“We have withdrawn cases registered in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence and Maratha agitation. Of the 649 cases registered in Bhima Koregaon violence, the state government has withdrawn 348 cases. Of the 548 cases registered during Maratha agitation, 460 cases have been withdrawn,” said Anil Deshmukh. 

The process to withdraw other cases in both the matters was underway, Deshmukh added. 

Earlier, the central government transferred the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case to National Investigation Agency (NIA). The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government had later approved the transfer of Elgar Parishad case to NIA. 

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This move was heavily criticised by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and created a rift in the three-party MVA government in Maharashtra. 

However, Maharashtra Chief Minister said that Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon violence are two different topics and the state government will not transfer the latter to NIA. 

Talking about the same, State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh informed that the state government was considering to set up an inquiry commission under the Maharashtra Police Act to investigate the Elgar Parishad case. 

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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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