Bhim Army members detained for protests

ST Correspondent
Monday, 13 August 2018

Pune: Members of the Pune unit of the Bhim Army, a voluntary organisation that was inspired by Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’, a staunch Ambedkarite activist from Uttar Pradesh who was arrested a year back on various charges, were detained while trying to burn copies of the Manusmriti (ancient legal text that  is used to formulate Hindu  law) near the RSS headquarters in the city on Sunday by the Faraskhana police. 

Pune: Members of the Pune unit of the Bhim Army, a voluntary organisation that was inspired by Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’, a staunch Ambedkarite activist from Uttar Pradesh who was arrested a year back on various charges, were detained while trying to burn copies of the Manusmriti (ancient legal text that  is used to formulate Hindu  law) near the RSS headquarters in the city on Sunday by the Faraskhana police. 

The attempt was a reaction to an incident in Delhi recently, where protesters who were mostly upper caste and were opposing the whole system of reservations, burned the copies of the constitution and raising slogans against the constitution, Ambedkar and the reservation system. The Pune unit had also filed a formal complaint against those demonstrators for burning the constitution. 

The protesters had been denied permission for the immolation protest. The police had also provided tight security to the RSS headquarters. Sensing the police presence, the protesters moved to the signal near the Appa Balwant Chowk. While the police detained them, the protesters managed to burn a single copy of the Manusmriti. 

“We were detained so we could not complete our protest. We were reacting to the attack on the constitution by those protesters in Delhi and we demand that they should be arrested immediately,” said Datta Pol.

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