Bhima-Koregaon Violence Accused Bhide Cancels Lalbaug Event

Bhide was scheduled to speak about his project, the ‘suvarna sinhashan’ (golden throne) for a statue of Shivaji.

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The Shri Shivpratishthan Hindustan outfit announced on 5 January that it had decided to postpone the lecture of its leader, Sambhaji Bhide – scheduled to be held in Lalbaug on 7 January – in light of the current political tension in the state, reports Mumbai Mirror.

The Mumbai police has denied permission for the program. The postponement comes in light of the allegations that Bhide and right-wing activist Milind Ekbote are the main perpetrators behind the violence incited against the Dalit community at the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon on 1 January.

We are cooperating fully with the police and the state government, hence are postponing it [the lecture]. We were preparing for this lecture for many months now, and around 5,000 people were supposed to attend it. We will announce the next date soon.
Balwant Dalvi, Mumbai convenor, Shri Shivpratishthan Hindustan said in a conference, as reported by Mumbai Mirror 

He also told The Indian Express that they made this decision so that “secessionist forces do not get a chance to implement their nefarious designs and foment public disorder and caste riots in the state again.”

What Was He Going to Speak On?

In the lecture, Bhide was scheduled to speak about his project, the suvarna sinhashan (golden throne), which he has been planning to install at Raigad Fort for a statue of Shivaji, reports Mumbai Mirror.

Stressing on the fact that the event was getting postponed and not cancelled, Dalvi added that Bhide was being blamed by a combination of secessionist forces and Naxalites, reports The Indian Express.

There was destruction of public property during the bandh. The government needs to probe who is behind this incident and also who is prompting Salve to file this false complaint.
Balwant Dalvi, as reported by The Indian Express

A day after the Bhima-Koregaon clashes on 2 January, Bhide, Ekbote and a few others were booked under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, and under various sections of IPC, including attempt to murder, since one person had died during the clashes.

Bhide had denied all the allegations and had said that he was being blamed purposefully by Prakash Ambedkar and called for a proper probe in the case.

(With inputs from PTI, Mumbai Mirror and The Indian Express)

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