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RSS-BJP's fascist vision is Dalits must remain at bottom of society: Rahul

Some right-wing groups of Pune had opposed the celebrations of the "British" victory, which led to the arguments and violence

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Dalit groups protesting in Mumbai against violence in Bhima Koregaon area in Pune. Photo: Kalmesh Pednekar
Dalit groups protesting in Mumbai against violence in Bhima Koregaon area in Pune. Photo: Kalmesh Pednekar

on Tuesday attacked the and the over the violence, alleging that their "fascist vision" for was that should remain at the bottom of the society.

He referred to the incidents of violence against at Una in and in the Central University, besides yesterday's violence at the Bhima-Koregaon village in district of as "potent symbols" of the resistance to RSS-BJP's "fascist vision".

"A central pillar of the RSS/BJP's fascist vision for is that should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance (sic)," Gandhi tweeted.

At an event yesterday to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, a youth was killed and several others were seriously injured after violence erupted following an argument over the celebrations.

leaders commemorate the British victory over the Peshwa's army at Bhima-Koregaon 200 years ago, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community — then considered untouchables — were part of the East Company's forces.

Police and fire men at a charred shop following the violence during celebrations of 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, near Pune. Photo: PTI

Police and fire men at a charred shop following the violence during celebrations of 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, near Photo: PTI

Some right-wing groups of Pune had opposed the celebrations of the "British" victory, which led to the arguments and violence yesterday.

Incidents of stone-pelting and vandalism were reported from Bhima-Koregaon in Shiroor tehsil, when people were headed towards the war memorial in the village, the police had said.

The violence sparked off protests in various parts of today, including in Mumbai, where the agitators staged a rail roko at Chembur.

First Published: Tue, January 02 2018. 21:50 IST
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