Twelve more arrested for Koregaon Bhima Violence

Twelve more people including three minors were arrested by district police in connection with the Koregaon Bhima Violence on January 1. The violence broke out due to caste clashes in which one person was killed. 

Seventeen people were earlier arrested by the police in connection with the incident.  The violence took place during the bicentennial event to memorialize the Koregaon-Bhima battle in which Peshwas lost to the British imperial army comprising of Dalits. 

On January 1, numerous vehicles, shops, houses were vandalized by mobs in areas near Koregaon Bhima. Several Dalits visit the Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar) every year to commemorate the Koregaon Bhima battle.

Pune district SP Suvez Haque said that those who were arrested on Monday were from the Maratha and Dalit communities. The police are trying to analyse CCTV footages and video recordings to see and identify the anti-social elements in the violence on January 1.

The police also booked six members of the Kabir Kala Manch, a radical cultural group for making provocative remarks during the Elgaar Parishad held on December 31, a day before the violence broke out.

JNU leader Umar Khalid, Dalit MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani,Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh President Prakash Ambedkar and  Late Rohit Vemula’s mother Radhika Vemula attended the Elgaar Parishad. 

Mevani and Khalid have already been charged by the police for making  provocative remarks to create rifts between the Dalits and the Marathas.

 Sources: TOI, India Today 


Ryan International School Murder: Regional Chief and HR Head were suspended following protests

It has been close to three days since the murder of a six year old boy in Ryan International School. The past two days have seen the parents who send their children to the Gurgaon school stage protests. The blame was placed on the school for security lapses on their behalf. Now, this has consequently led to the arrest of two top officials, Francis Thomas, regional head of the group, and Jeyus Thomas, HR head. The individuals were charged under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act.
The accused, a 42- year old bus conductor named Ashok Kumar was was arrested on Friday night. However, it was later revealed that the conductor had been previously fired from another school in his village Ghamroj due to suspicions of similar allegations. This drew the ire of the parents and the media alike due to the negligence of the school authorities. There must be a system set in place that checks the backgrounds of their employees.
The school will reportedly stay shut for all students except for those between Class 6 and Class 12. Investigations were still on in the school, where teachers and staff were questioned. There were several policemen present at the school when protesters lit the liquor shop in the locality. The policemen had to resort to lathi charge to control the mob.
Inspector Arun Kumar, the SHO from Sohna Sadar Police station was also suspended due to the aggressive reaction towards the crowd. Many people including a journalist were left grievously injured. This caused to sharp criticism and compelled the suspension.
Sources: NDTV, HT

Two AAP MLAs arrested in Delhi

On July 24, two AAP MLA’s were arrested in Delhi. The first arrest was made for allegedly attempting to outrage the modesty of a woman and for criminal intimidation. The second was charged of dishonouring the Quran, reported the Hindustan Times.
Okhla MLA, Amanatullah Khan was arrested after a woman complained about his alleged attempt to run over her. On July 22, the woman recorded her statement before the magistrate and alleged while she was coming back from the legislator’s residence, a vehicle tried mowing her down and Amanatullah was sitting in it,” said Joint Commissioner of Police, Southeast Range, R P Upadhyay said to The Times of India.
The Punjab Police on Sunday July 24, arrested Mehrauli MLA Naresh Yadav, who has been booked for suspected connection with the alleged Malerkotla sacrilege incident on June 24.
TOI also reported that Naresh Yadav has been charged under Indian Penal Code sections 109 (abatement if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295 (injury or defiling place of worship with an intent to insult the religion of any class).
Eleven legislators of Delhi’s ruling party have been held by the police so far.

Murder caught in action; 5 Arrested

New Delhi: A brutal murder took place in broad daylights at a crowded market area in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. Five teenagers, out of whom three of them are minors, have been arrested by the police with the help of CCTV footages that were recorded on the concerned area.

19 year old Sachin, who was riding a bike along with his friend, was pushed off his bike by a group of youngsters. As the people passing by fearfully looked on, the boy was stabbed mercilessly again and again. By the time he was taken to the hospital, the doctors declared him dead on arrival.

The CCTV cameras present in the market area helped the Police officials trace down and arrest the five suspects after a complaint was filed at a nearby Police station. Apparently, all five of them are school dropouts.

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