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Koregaon Bhima violence: 3 persons arrested

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Three persons were today arrested from district by Police in connection with the killing of a 30-year-old man during the caste clashes near on January 1.

was killed allegedly during the violence near in district. A case against unidentified persons had been registered.

Phatangale was allegedly assaulted by a group of people when he was on his way home.

"We have arrested three persons from and all of them have confessed to attacking Phatangale with stones and sticks," of Police Suvez Haque.

Police have withheld the identity of the three accused.

An of the local crime branch said the police had obtained video footage of the attack on Phatangale.

"Faces of some of the attackers were clearly seen in the footage, and based on the video, these three persons were tracked down," said the

More people were involved in the incident and police were trying to identify them, he said.

The violence occurred during the bicentennial event to commemorate the Koregaon-battle in which British imperial forces comprising Dalits had defeated the of Peshwas.

Dalits view the historic battle as the defeat of "casteist" Peshwas who had represented the Maratha empire.

On January 1, several vehicles, shops, houses were vandalised and torched by mobs in areas near Bhima.

Lakhs of Dalits visit the Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar) every year to commemorate the Koregaon Bhima battle.

It is seen as a symbol of Dalit assertion against upper- caste rulers, but some pro-Hindutva organisations had opposed celebration of the British victory against a native

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 23:00 IST