Pune: The police will investigate left wing extremism conspiracy behind Elgar Parishad as the event is suspected to be a tactical consolidation of frontal organisations of Naxalites.
Bipin Bihari Singh, DGP (Prisons), who is also holding the post of law and order at the Police Headquarters in Mumbai, said, “A complaint has been filed against members of Kabir Kala Manch, which was one of the organisers of the Elgar Parishad. There are many organisations of such nature who played a role in organising the event. We are going to investigate every angle including the left wing extremism connect as many of the organisations which participated in the event are frontal organizations of Naxalites.”
Organisations such as Vidrohi Sanskritik Chalwal, Kabir Kala Manch and Chhatrabharti have been alleged to be frontal organizations in the past and have been accused of wooing youths in the name of Dr Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh by conducting plays.
Elgar Parishad conducted an event at Shaniwarwada on December 31, 2017, after which two of its speakers, Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid, have been booked for delivering provocative speeches and promoting enmity between different groups.
On Tuesday, a complaint was filed against Kabir Kala Manch by Tushar Damgude for performing plays and singing songs of provocative nature.
Tushar Damgude, who filed the complaint against Kabir Kala Manch said, “I filed the complaint because they are trying to divide the society. From last many months they were running a campaign to mobilize the crowd using social media. They have used the name of Lenin and Mao along with Ambedkar and Phule in their songs on Youtube. We are Indians first and caste, creed, religion should come last. They are just spreading hatred among people using caste and creed.”
Deeepak Dhengele of Kabir Kala Manch said, “These are all baseless allegations. This complaint has been filed just to divert attention from the case in which Bhide and Ekbote have been booked. We have never used the name of Mao or Lenin in any of our songs. 250 organisations were working together to organise the programme. The organisations are from various parts of Maharashtra and none of them is a frontal organization of left wing extremism.”