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Maharashtra police raid Dalit activists

IANS  |  Mumbai 

The Police carried out multi-city raids on Tuesday against prominent activists and supporters in a fallout of the January 1 caste riots in Koregaon-Bhima, official sources said here.

The raids which started at around 5 a.m., and were carried out by several teams of the police in Mumbai, and Nagpur, in the homes and offices of various activists.

Besides, the police also zeroed in on those involved or connected with the Elgaar Conference of December 31, 2017 held in Pune, which was addressed by Gujarat and MLA Jignesh Mewani and Umar Khalid, activist Soni Sori and

The police also raided and searched the home of in He was representing several alleged Maoists in different courts.

Searches continued at the premises of the leftist organization, and in connection with the Elgaar Conference and leaders like and

In Mumbai, searches were carried out at the residences of Left activists and The police carried at all the places.

Reacting sharply to the police action, termed it as "harassment and diversionary tactics" of the government.

"Instead of arresting Sambhaji Bhide, alias Guruji, the main culprit who fuelled the Koregaon-Bhima riots, the government is indulging in these diversions.

"Police have already arrested Milind Ekbote, but not Bhide yet," said Ambedkar, grandson of B.R. Ambedkar, of the Indian Constitution.

The Elgaar Conference was held in Pune's Shaniwarwada, later Koregaon-Bhim witnessed riots on January 1 which left one dead, followed by the retaliatory shutdown call issued by Ambedkar and other parties on January 3.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 13:08 IST