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Sena hails Sambhaji Bhide as modern era general of Shivaji

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today hailed Bhide, an accused in the Bhima-Koregaon caste violence case, as the "modern Bajiprabhu Deshpande" who has devoted his entire life for the cause of

As per a legend, Bajiprabhu was a general and commander for who sacrificed his life in a rear battle enabling Shivaji's escape from Panhala fort at Pavan Khind in the 17th Century.

"is a modern day Bajiprabhu He has spent all his life for the cause of and eulogising Maharaj. has reminded the youth that time will soon come upon them to take up swords," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

Bhide, a former RSS activist who heads the Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, is an accused in the January 1 Bhima-Koregaon caste violence.

Bhide had been booked in the violence case along with another leader However, unlike Ekbote he was never arrested in the case.

The Congress, NCP, and several organisations have accused the BJP-led NDA government of dragging its feet on arresting Bhide who had said in 2014 was one of his inspirations.

Bhide's outfit enjoys a sizable clout in Sangli, Satara, and Kolhapur districts of western

"Sena has deep respect for who has tirelessly worked for the cause of Hindutva. Bhide cannot stand the sight of anyone making loose comments about Maharaj or Chhatrapati Maharaj," the edit said.

The Sena had earlier made light of the Police's claims of unearthing an alleged Maoist plot to assassinate in a "Rajiv Gandhi-like incident".

Referring to the arrest of five people for organising Elgar Parishad in ahead of the Bhima-Koregaon incident, Saamana said, "these urban maoists are emboldened to try and procure fire arms that can fire a lakh of rounds and for which Rs 7 to Rs 8 crore are being raised".

Clashes had taken place between members of the and Maratha communities around Bhima-Koregaon village in district during the bicentenary event of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in which British forces comprising a large number of soldiers had defeated the Peshwas, who represented the Maratha empire. One person was killed during the clashes.

Dalits view the 1818 battle as the defeat of "casteist" Peshwas, who were Brahmins.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 22:40 IST