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Cong demands thorough and fair probe into Bhima-Koregaon violence

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today demanded a thorough and fair probe into the Bhima-violence after five activists with alleged Maoist links were arrested in connection with it, and said the BJP's "doublespeak" on the matter had been exposed.

communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said that "BJP's duplicity and exposed again in Bhima-Koregaon", citing the remarks of Ramdas Athawale, who termed the arrests of activists in connection with the incident as an "injustice" and said there was "no relation of Elgaar Parishad with violence".

"Ramdas calls arrests of activists as 'injustice' and says no relation of Elgaar Parishad with violence'. government describes them as Maoist operatives'. Who is lying?" he asked.

"A fair investigation, bereft of politics, is the need of the hour," Surjewala said.

He said had also called for the arrest of RSS acolyte, Sambhaji Bhide, whom the visited in 2014 and praised in a public rally in Sangli.

"Is this the reason why government is not acting against Bhide and Milind Ekbote?" he asked.

The also said that terrorism, Naxalism and extremism were unacceptable as no one knew it better then the Congress, which sacrificed Mahatama Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi, besides Beant Singh, C Shukla and Nand Kumar Patel among others.

Congress cited Athawale's theory that Dalits cannot indulge in such violence and said the NDA should first clarify which theory is right.

"The cabinet works with collective responsibility. is giving a different theory while the police inquiry is giving a different theory, which the is rejecting. So NDA should first clarify who is right, the police or the minister," he asked.

A letter found in the house of a person arrested for alleged maoist "links" talks about the ultras mulling a "Rajiv Gandhi-type incident" and suggesting that should be targeted during his "road shows", according to

The letter was recovered from the house of who was among the five people arrested arrested from Mumbai, and in connection with Elgar Parishad held here in December and the subsequent Bhima-violence in the district, the police said.

Union Minister Athawale condemned the alleged plan by Maoists to target Modi, but said the Elgar Parishad and subsequent violence at Bhima-near Pune had no Naxal connection.

Followers of icon B R Ambedkar can never be Naxals, Athawale, a prominent Dalit leader, said in a statement in

Several Dalit activists were among the organisers of Elgar Parishad held in Pune.

The BJP cited the internal letter purportedly of CPI (Maoists) that pointed to funding received by the proscribed outfit from the Congress to "stop the Modi juggernaut" in next year's Lok sabha polls by spreading "chaos" in the country.

BJP said the document has "exposed" the Congress like never before and has striped it of "every cloth of modesty".

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 20:15 IST