Bhima Koregaon riots: State government submits 110 affidavits before judicial commission
The commission was earlier given four months to complete the probe into the violence that erupted when Dalit groups were attacked on January 1, 2018, while attending the bicentennial function at Bhima Koregaon, 40 km from Punepune Updated: Jul 17, 2018 18:22 IST
Advocate Shishir Hire, special public prosecutor, on Monday filed 110 affidavits on behalf of the Pune rural police, Pune district collector and other government organisations like Pune municipal corporation (PMC) and revenue department in connection with the judicial commission probe ordered by the state government in the Bhima Koregaon riots. Monday was the last day for the extended deadline of affidavit submission.
Advocate Hire along with a team of over 15 police officers, who assisted him in preparing the affidavits on behalf of the state, appeared before the affidavit acceptance office at the Pune divisional commissionerate and handed over the affidavits to tehsildar Vivek Salunke on Monday afternoon.
The state government appointed a two-member judicial commission to probe the Bhima Koregaon violence. The two-member committee visited Vijay Stambh memorial and Vadhu Budruk village and some other places during its official visit in May. The commission received as many as 174 affidavits during the first phase and 166 affidavits during the extended deadline period. As many as 25 affidavits were submitted in Mumbai, taking the total number of affidavits to 365.
Advocate Hire said, “We have submitted 110 affidavits in Pune and one more affidavit related to episodic details is being submitted in Mumbai. The affidavit contains evidentiary details which the government has submitted before the commission. The commission will hear and go through the submissions on behalf of the state and all the other parties. The government affidavits are the proof of what all the state did as part of its preparations for the January 1 event,” he said.
Advocate Hire further said that the state government had also instructed all the district police units to file their say regarding the violence which took place in their respective jurisdiction.
Justice (retd) JN Patel, former chief justice of the Calcutta high court is heading the two-member commission, while state chief secretary Sumit Mullick is the other member.
The commission was earlier given four months to complete the probe into the violence that erupted when Dalit groups were attacked on January 1 while attending the bicentennial function at Bhima Koregaon, 40 km from Pune, to commemorate an 1818 battle between the Peshwa army and Mahar regiment-backed British army. The deadline for affidavit submission was extended after Dalit organisations led by Bahujan Bharip president Prakash Ambedkar demanded the same. Dalit outfits had organised a Maharashtra bandh following the violence, which also witnessed violent protests across the state.
First Published: Jul 17, 2018 18:21 IST