Maharashtra government withdraws criminal cases related to Koregaon Bhima, Maratha reservation and Nanar Project agitation

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Mumbai, 27.Feb.20: “The state government has given great relief to the youths who have been registered in criminal cases in the Koregaon-Bhima, Maratha reservation and Nanar project agitation in the state. Total 348 out of 649 criminal cases of Koregaon Bhima agitation and 460 out of 548 cases of Maratha reservation movement were withdrawn. Meanwhile, the farmer’s agitation, which took place in Maharashtra all over the last 5 years against the government’s decisions, will also be withdrawn soon ”, stated Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh in the Legislative Council today.

He was answering the question raised by member of legislative council, Sharad Ranpise and Ashok alias Bhai Jagtap in legislative council today.

Home Minister further informed that 348 out of 649 cases were registered in Koregaon-Bhima agitation have been withdrawn. Apart from this, 460 out of the 548 offenses of the Maratha Reservation Movement have been withdrawn and the remaining 88 are under process. In addition, 3 out of the 5 offences registered in the Nanar Project Movement were also taken back. The criminal cases against innocent people in various social movements were withdrawn by the state government.

“Various delegations had given memorandum related to Koregaon Bhima and urban Naxalite problems. If the inquiry into these cases has been done in the wrong direction or criminal cases registered against innocent people, then the decision will take place according to Maharashtra Police Law Section, Investigation Commission and study of other related things” said Mr. Deshmukh.

The Koregaon Bhima and Elgar cases were investigated by the government. Former Union Minister Sharad Pawar had demanded for a special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the matter, but on the very next day, the central government gave its inquiry to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The central government should took this decision after taking state government in to confidence, mentioned Home Minister, on this occasion.