Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

PM Modi must chose between Manusmriti and Constitution: Jignesh Mevani

PM Modi must chose between Manusmriti and Constitution: Jignesh Mevani

Jignesh Mewani, the face of the Dalit agitation in Gujarat, has alleged that he is being targeted by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after his victory in the Gujarat assembly elections. Sources said that after the police denied permission, massive protests took place in Vile Parle locality.

Soon after hundreds of students were detained by the Mumbai Police, Sachin Bansode, organizer of the Chatra Bharti Sammelan told Outlook, "We were given the notice in the morning, whereas we have been in touch with the Juhu Police regularly".

Addressing a gathering at Pune's Shaniwar Wada fort on the 200th anniversary of the historically significant Battle of Koregaon, Mevani allegedly called for a "revolution" and said it will have to come about on the roads. Based on the complaint, offences were registered against Mevani and Khalid under IPC sections 153 (a) (delivering speech to create disharmony or feelings of enmity), section 505 (giving statement conducing to public mischief) and 117 (abetting commission of offence by the public or by more than ten persons), the police official said. He also condemned the violence against the Dalit community in Bhima, Koregaon, while they were peacefully carrying out their rally.

A senior officer attached to the Deccan Gymkhana police station confirmed the receipt of the complaint application.

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"Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mevani have been invited at this event here, this had been fixed earlier", said Sagar Bhalerao of the Chhatra Bharati. They picked me up and then students started protesting.

"If we are to defeat the "New Peshwas", if we are to take the Bhima Koregaon fight forward, if we are to be inspired by the agitation, we need to be politicians". However, it has decided now to hold a press conference to be addressed by Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid, and re-convene the summit on January 10 despite the crackdown.

"But, I want to say one thing in clear terms". He said that the Fadnavis government directed the police to stop the event and detain the students. Why are they being attacked like in Pune?

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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