PUNE: As the Koregaon-Bhima attacks and the ensuing incidents still remain in the ambit of controversy, the State government has appointed a commission of inquiry with the power of a civil court to investigate into the matter and all aspects involved in the series of incidents following the attacks on January 1 this year.
The commission has been appointed by the State government’s Home Ministry using the Notification under rule 5(2)(b) of the Commissions of Inquiry (Central) rules, 1972 and will consist retired Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Jainarayan Patel as the chairman and a former chief secretary of the Maharashtra state Sumit Mullick as the member.
The committee will make inquiries as per the public notice issued by the State. The inquiry will be made into what exactly was the sequence of events that happened at Koregaon Bhima and their causes and consequences, whether any group or individual was directly or indirectly responsible for it, the adequacy of planning and preparedness shown by the police and the administration, whether the police took adequate steps and to suggest short and long-term measures to be taken by district administration to avoid recurrence of such an incident and other details.
The commission will follow the code of civil procedures. The proceeding of the commission will also be treated as judicial proceedings. An appeal has been issued for anyone who wants to submit their statements in form of affidavits or documents to the commission, to do so within a period of one month.
On January 1, in a tradition that goes back to BR Ambedkar, thousands gathered to pay respects and tributes to the martyred soldiers of the Mahar Regiment who died fighting the Peshwa Army on behalf of the British army in the historic Battle of Koregaon-Bhima, which saw the regiment defeat the Peshwa, symbolising the win of the downtrodden on the discriminatory and chauvinist rulers.