The Chatuhshrungi police have arrested two more persons after members of a Pune-based Dalit group vandalised the office of NCERT ex-adviser and political science professor at University of Pune,Suhas Palshikar. Meanwhile,Palshikar has been provided security cover after the incident.
Rahul Bharat Khandare (25) and Subhash Waman Telgute were arrested hours after the incident. Senior inspector Ajay Kadam said,We arrested one more person Balaji Tukaram Gaikwad (28),a resident of Manmjari on Saturday night. Another member of the group,Sagar Vitthal Gaikwad (28),a resident of Kinai in Haveli,was arrested on Sunday morning.
Investigations revealed that Khandare and Telgute were apprehended by Mumbai police last year for illegally trying to enter the chief ministers office. The two were arrested by the Marine Drive police in Mumbai after they tried to enter the CMs cabin to demand for the construction of a memorial of Dr B R Ambedkar in Mumbai last year. We are yet to get details about the case. We are also investigating whether the four have any other cases registered against them.
The accused were produced before a court in Pune and were remanded in police custody till Tuesday. Kadam said,We are trying to find out if the four suspects had other accomplices and who the persons behind the act were.
Meanwhile,Palshikar said,As per protocol,Ive been provided security cover since Saturday from the time I left the university campus for home. Three-four police personnel are guarding my residence round-the-clock. Officials from Chatuhrshrungi police station visit for a round-up twice a day. A gunman also accompanies me when I leave the house, he said. Palshikar added that he has not been told how long the security arrangement will continue and a decision will be taken after the Pune police assesses the situation later.
When contacted,university security officials said no further additions have been made since yesterday. A security beef up that was carried out after the alleged murder case earlier this month in the campus. It is not possible for us to restrict the entry of any person in the university as the persons who attacked Dr Palshikar yesterday were not even armed, said Vilas Kharat from the security wing of the University of Pune (UoP).
On Saturday afternoon,four members of Republican Panther of India had come to Palshikars office claiming that they wanted to register their protest against his statement in Parliament over a 1949 sketch by cartoonist Shankar.
The four then started shouting slogans,broke window panes,damaged furniture and hurled blue powder on Palshikar.
Palshikar and psephologist Yogendra Yadav,both advisers for the NCERT’s political science texts for classes 9 to 12,had earlier resigned from their posts in response to government’s announcement to scrap the book with the cartoon.