110 affidavits submitted to judicial commission

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 17 July 2018

A two-member commission was set up by the State government to investigate the Koregaon-Bhima riots, which erupted on January 1 during the 200th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon-Bhima.

PUNE: In the wake of the judicial commission probe ordered by the State government in the Koregaon-Bhima riots, 110 (including one in Mumbai) affidavits were filed on Monday by special public prosecutor Shishir Hire on behalf of Pune (Rural) police, Pune Municipal Corporation, District Collectorate, Pune, and the Revenue Department.

A two-member commission was set up by the State government to investigate the Koregaon-Bhima riots, which erupted on January 1 during the 200th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon-Bhima.

The two-member commission of Justice (retd) JN Patel, former justice of Kolkata High Court, and State Chief Secretary Sumit Mullick visited the victory memorial at Koregaon-Bhima, Vudu-Budruk, Sanaswadi, and other places where the situation got tense during the riots as well as before it.

While probing the matter, the commission received a total of 395 affidavits. Out of 395, 110 affidavits are filed by the government. 174 affidavits were received during the first phase, 196 till the extended deadline of July 16 (Monday). Around 25 affidavits were submitted in Mumbai.

Initially, the commission was given a time period of four months to complete the probe but the deadline was later extended after a demand made by Prakash Ambedkar, President, Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM).

The team, headed by special public prosecutor Hire and comprising 15 police officials, submitted the affidavits to Tehsildar Vivek Salunkhe on Monday at Pune Divisional Commisionerate.

According to Hire, 109 affidavits were submitted in Pune and one more affidavit was submitted in Mumbai. The affidavits have details related to evidence, which were submitted on behalf of the government to the commission. 

The commission will go through all the submissions. The State government has also asked the Police department in whose jurisdiction the riots took place to report their side on the matter.

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