Cops Receive Complaint Blaming Jignesh, Khalid For Tension


Mumbai: Two Pune youths have asked the Pune Police to file an FIR against Dalit leader and MLA Jignesh Mevani, and JNU activist Umar Khalid, alleging that they made “provocative” comments at an event in Pune’s Shaniwarwala.

Their complaint came on a day when repercussions of the attack on members of the Dalit community at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on Monday were felt in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. Akshay Bikkad and Anand Dond wrote that “due to Mevani’s remarks, tension has erupted in the state between two communities.”

“He provocated (provoked) people to ‘Come on street and retaliate.’ Due to this statement people came out and tension erupted,” they wrote.

Incidences of violence were reported across the state today, especially in the western Maharashtra and Marathwada regions. Some Dalit organisations’ protests on streets led to traffic congestion and chaos in Mumbai.