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Maha govt appoints judicial commission to probe Bhima-Koregaon

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The government today appointed a judicial commission, under retired justice Jai Narayan Patel, to conduct a probe into the Bhima- violence which erupted last month, a said.

Additional (Home) said besides Patel, a former of the Calcutta High Court, will also be a part of the two-member panel.

"The committee has been asked to look into the sequence of events that eventually led to the violence. Also, there will probe about who were the persons/organisations responsible for the violence and if there was adequate police presence at the spot at the time of the incident," Shrivastav told

He also said the commission has been given four months to conduct a detailed probe and submit its report.

Patel had presided over the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts trail in its initial stages before he became a High Court

On January 1, the event to mark 200th anniversary of the Bhima-battle in district, in which forces of the East Company defeated Peshwa's army, was marred by incidents of violence, with one person getting killed.

Dalit leaders commemorate the British victory, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community -- then considered untouchable -- were part of the East Company's forces.

However, some right-wing groups in had expressed opposition to celebration of the 'British' victory.

Meanwhile, Congress Sachin Sawant said his party had kept asking how could the government could suo-moto declare an inquiry under a serving judge, referring to the earlier announcement made by Maharashtra

"@Dev_Fadnavis govt has fallen flat on it's face as request of govt to hv a serving for Inquiry of #bhimakoregaonviolence has been denied by HC CJ," he tweeted.

"We kept asking that how can govt Suo Motu declare Inquiry under serving Now enquiry to be conducted under retired judge," he said in another tweet.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 21:35 IST