Amidst violence and disruption in public life, Mumbai witnessed another angry anti government mass students' protest on Thursday when police abruptly refused permission for a convention to be addressed by newly elected Dalit MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid. "Had booked Bhaidas Hall for All India National Students' Summit here today, but now we are being denied entry".
The police said they have taken the students who were hosting the event, in protective custody.
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".
The FIR against Mevani and Khalid was registered at Pune's Vishrambag police station, under whose jurisdiction the Parishad was held, on a complaint filed by Akshay Bikkad (22) and Anand Dhond (25), who claimed not to be affiliated with any organisation.
Both RSS and BJP are being accused of instigating the violence by opposition leaders. I am a lawmaker now and they should have thought about this before registering the FIR.
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Maharashtra legislator Kapil Patil said around 800 students and delegates including many girls were dumped into police vans and taken to various police stations where they were detained for several hours. However, the police allegedly denied entry to the visitors citing "news doing the rounds about Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani for the past few days".
Confirming the development, Sagar Bhalerao, the vice president of Chhatra Bharati and the organiser of the event, said, "Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani had been invited to this event". Supporters, allegedly of Dalit parties, have tried to block trains, metro and buses in and around Mumbai and have attacked a vehicle showroom in suburb Vikroli. Meanwhile, Mevani said that the complaint was frivolous in nature.
"Moreover, despite being present in Maharashtra, I did not participate in the shutdown that was called in protest against the attack".
Peshwas of Maharashtra in the Bhima Koregaon battle as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community were part of the East India Company's forces.