Nagpur: The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday claimed in the legislative council that there were enough evidences which substantiated the people arrested from Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi last month, have a direct link with the outlawed naxalite organisation and had a link with the Bhima-Koregaon violence in January this year.
Refuting the opposition charges that a Nagpur-based lawyer, an academician and three other social activists were arrested, linking with naxalites and the Bhima-Koregaon violence to save Sambhaji Bhide, chief minister asserted that the police have collected enough materials from them to establish that they have a direct links with the banned left-wing naxalite organisation.
“Besides, these people were involved in some conspiracy against the state power and other serious crimes,” Fadnavis said and asserted that his government was not protecting Bhide. “The law would take its own courses,” he added.
Pune police arrested five people, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhavale, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur for alleged links with naxalites in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence during Dalit demonstrations in January this year.
The RPI member, Jogendra Kawade and other member, Kapil Patil asked why the chief minister was giving clean chit to Bhide, who is disturbing the social fabric of the state. “The arrested people were being wrongly targeted and made scapegoats to divert attention from the real culprits. It seems that they were linked with naxalites to save Bhide, the prime accused of Bhima-Koregaon violence,’ Kawade alleged and insisted that Bhide should be arrested immediately.
The Congress member Janardan Chandurkar pointed out that Bhide was disturbing the social fabric of the state. “He had claimed that 150 out of 180 childless couples had a child after eating of mangos from his mango orchards and his mango orchards also helps to have a male child if they wish. Now he is saying that the Manusmriti was superior to the teachings of saints Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram. These are ridiculous and against the Indian constitution and hence he should be arrested,” Chandrurkar said and alleged that Bhide had a role of Bhima-Koregaon violence.
The chief minister said that the government would follow the due process of law in this regard and take an appropriate action against Bhide if he found guilty. The government was bound by the Indian Constitution and the teachings of the saints. “An inquiry would be conducted if any unconstitutional or illegal comments were made by Bhide and proper action would be taken against him,” he further said.