No link between Elgar Parishad, Koregaon-Bhima violence: Kadam

ST Correspondent
Friday, 3 August 2018

“We are sure that the Elgar Parishad was conceived and funded by the Maoists and we also have the proof of the communication between the Maoist leadership and the organisers,” Ravindra Kadam said. 

PUNE: Outgoing Joint Commissioner of the Pune police Ravindra Kadam, who is also overlooking the investigation into the Naxal links of the Elgar Parishad, on Thursday, said the police could not find any link between the Elgar Parishad and the violence that took place at Koregaon Bhima on January 1. 

He was speaking at an interaction organised by the Pune Union of Working Journalists (PUWJ). Kadam was addressing media persons regarding the rise of ‘urban Naxalism’, especially in Pune. 

He reiterated that the Elgar Parishad had Maoist connections. “We are sure that the Elgar Parishad was conceived and funded by the Maoists and we also have the proof of the communication between the Maoist leadership and the organisers,” he said. 

He said the Naxalites, who follow the path of Marx, Lenin and Mao (MLM), concentrate on students and workers as potential recruits. “They talk about exploitation and limitations of the current system to address the issues faced by the disadvantaged and then indoctrinate them with the thought of changing the system with a violent overthrow,” Kadam said. “They wrap their ideology in a ‘magic pill’, which sneaks past even the most alert person and then later reveals itself as Maoism,” he added. 

When asked about senior and reputed persons like Prakash Ambedkar, Justice PB Sawant and Justice BG Kolse-Patil being part of the organisers, Kadam said, “I have never said that all the organisers had a Maoist connection, these seniors must not have been able to verify the backgrounds of who they are associating with.” 

Kadam said he has never claimed that there were links between the Koregaon-Bhima violence and the Elgar Parishad. “The Maoist-linked organisers of the Elgar Parishad sneaked past the police, too, when they asked for the permission for the programme. No one can actually stop a programme organised to celebrate a memorial day. But even if there is a clear Maoist connection to the Parishad, we have never linked it to the Koregaon-Bhima violence,” he added.

“Many people questioned the authenticity of the letters that got leaked, based on the language and the terms used in the letter, but I assure you that these letters are authentic clones of the original ones,” Kadam said. He further added, “They relied too much on encryption and which is why they have openly written about their plans. These letters are just as they were found and not planted.” 

Ravindra Kadam is being transferred to Nagpur, as the joint CP.

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