‘Govt trying to break harmony in society’

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 14 June 2018

“The government attempted to start Hindu-Muslim and Dalit-Maratha riots. That failed and now they will try and instill an anti-reservation environment.” said Ambedkar.

MUMBAI: The government is trying to break the harmony in society by creating an ‘unsettling’ atmosphere in the country on the basis of reservations, alleged Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh President Prakash Ambedkar. He alleged that the government is also trying to use the Koregaon-Bhima incident to divide the two sections of the society over the reservation issue.  

He was addressing a press conference in Mumbai on Wednesday. He criticised the State and Central governments and attacked Sambhaji Bhide for initiating violence in Koregaon-Bhima. 

“The government attempted to start Hindu-Muslim and Dalit-Maratha riots. That failed and now they will try and instill an anti-reservation environment. Preparations of aggressive agitations to do away with reservations have begun. It is clear that if agitations of these two groups unfold, it will only lead to violence,” said Ambedkar.

“The police arrested the organisers of the Elgar Parishad in Pune and called them Maoists. However, Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide are free. The Chief Minister is giving a clean chit to Bhide. Several arrests have been done and certain letters leaked. Except for Sudhir Dhawale, none of the arrested accused were part of Elgar Parishad, which the police claim was organised by Maoists,” he claimed.

“Retired Justices PB Sawant and BG Kolse-Patil said the Elgar Parishad was organised by them. Do the police have guts to arrest them if their Naxal theory holds any truth?” he asked.

Commenting on the letter that mentions a plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said DGP Satish Mathur has said the letter was not released by the police. Ravindra Kadam, Joint CP, Pune, clarified that ‘Comrade Prakash’ mentioned in the letter does not represent Prakash Ambedkar. “All this stirs up suspicions about the authenticity of the letter. It is clearly a publicity stunt by the government with the help of the police department. There is no procedure that the threat letter to PM or any VIP has been publicised the way this letter has been. If there is a threat to PM, then security should be increased,” he said. 

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