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Lawyer calls for review of police officer who investigated Elgaar Parishad case

Lead Attorney BA Desai on Wednesday asked the Koregaon Bhima Inquiry to call police officer Shivaji Pawar, who investigated the Elgaar Parishad case, to testify. The two-member commission headed by retired judge, Justice JN Patel, is investigating the causes of the violence in the Koregaon Bhima area in which one person was killed and many others were injured.

Desai was leading the cross-examination of Inspector General of Police Ravindra Sengaonkar, who was the Additional Commissioner (Southern Region) of Pune City Police at the time of the Koregaon Bhima violence. Sengaonkar had filed the affidavit with the commission on behalf of Pune City Police in October 2018.
Shaniwar Wada, where the Elgaar Parishad was held on December 31, 2017, falls under the jurisdiction of Pune City Police. Pune Police had alleged that “provocative speeches” given at the Elgaar Parishad and previous campaigns for the event were among the factors that led to the violence in Koregaon Bhima (rural Pune) on January 1, 2018.

Sengaonkar also stated in his affidavit that members of the banned Maoist CPI played a role in organizing the Elgaar Parishad as part of “the team’s strategy to overthrow the established democratic system in the country in accordance with the Indian Constitution”. His affidavit mentioned that “speeches provoking varg kalah (class conflict) were delivered during the Elgaar Parishad”.

“The … speeches, statements and other objectionable programs held at the Elgaar Parishad were provocative. This has led to tension among those gathered in Koregaon Bhima on January 1 and has caused hatred and differences in society, as well as a serious public order situation leaving its impact throughout the state,” he said. -he declares. Desai told the commission that Sengaonkar played no role in the investigation of the Elgaar Parishad case. So, a request was made to the commission through lawyer Hetali Seth on Wednesday, asking for the review of the then deputy police commissioner, Shivaji Pawar, of the Pune city police, who had investigated the Elgaar Parishad case. The request stated that Sengaonkar had only been authorized by the Pune Police Commissioner to compile the relevant documents and file an affidavit, so it is essential to examine ACP Pawar. The Commission asked state attorney Shishir Hiray to file a response.

Elgaar Parishad was a conclave held on December 31, 2017 before the 200th commemoration of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima. The following day, January 1, 2018, widespread violence was reported in the Koregaon Bhima area. On January 8, Pune-based Tushar Damgude filed an FIR at Vishrambag Police Station in the city of Pune, against six activists involved in organizing Elgaar Parishad.

During the investigation, Pune city police had arrested nine activists for alleged links with the CPI-Maoist and charged a total of 23 people in the case, including the main fugitive Maoist leaders.