The one dead in Bhima Koregaon clashes: Shivaji on his jacket ‘gave him away’

A jacket with Maratha warrior Shivaji’s face embossed easily identified Rahul Babaji Pharangade as a Maratha. He was accosted, severely assaulted and beaten to death, according to local villagers.

Written by Chandan Shantaram Haygunde | Pune | Updated: January 3, 2018 11:06 am
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Rahul Babaji Phatangade took a day off on Monday. The automobile garage which he ran, in Chandan Nagar of Pune city, about 20 km away from his home, remains closed on New Year’s Day every year because of the crowd that comes to this area to mark the anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle.

The 30-year-old was walking back to his house in Sanaswadi village in the evening when he passed a petrol pump where a mob was gathered. Until then, there were sporadic incidents of violence between Maratha and Dalit groups reported from neighbouring villages since afternoon.

A jacket with Maratha warrior Shivaji’s face embossed easily identified Pharangade as a Maratha. He was accosted, severely assaulted and beaten to death, according to local villagers.

“Sanaswadi residents are shocked at Rahul’s death. He was not involved in riots but was targeted by the mob because he was wearing a jacket having a picture of Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj,” local villager Dnyaneshwar Metgule said. He did not witness the death.

Rahul’s friend Datta Sitaram Pardhe lodged the FIR in this case at the Shikrapur police station. Police have booked unidentified persons under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code. Police said that the incident took place around 5.30 pm.

“Investigation is on and the murderers are yet to be identified,” said inspector Dayanand Gawade.

Phatangade’s body was taken to his native village Kanhurmesai in Shirur taluka for the last rites. He lived with his mother in a one-room house that was locked on Tuesday. One of his two brothers works with the police department. The other is a student. Villagers said the family members wanted Phantangade’s assailants to be arrested.

“Rahul was a very simple person, a good human being who never had a quarrel with anybody. It is sad that his life ended in such a manner. He was a big support to his mother. After his death, relatives have taken her mother to their native village for rituals,” said Rahul’s neighbour in Sainath Nagar.

A few hundred residents in Sanaswadi gathered and protested against the violence on Tuesday. Inspector General of Police Vishwas Nangare Patil and district superintendent of police Suvez Haque appealed to residents for peace promising action against the attackers.

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  1. truth vir
    Jan 10, 2018 at 7:52 am
    its true we will continue to beat non deserving like rich back ward caste who just want jobs and education on reservation without merit if you dare to come across we will wipe u out of this planet donkeys dumbass there should be no reservation and if there is reservation given to back ward caste so marathas will have the reservaton as wlll by hook or crookl
    1. Vishal Shinde
      Jan 4, 2018 at 2:57 pm
      It is extremely sad and disturbing than an Indian was killed by barbaric people in the name of called caste system... Why do we even need this caste system ? Why can't we abolish it from the root of it?? Why can't we stay as brothers and sisters? Please Stop ...
      1. citizen Concerned
        Jan 4, 2018 at 12:47 pm
        These god forsaken politicians instigate the unemployed youth. The innocent people die and the these ruthless politicians sit in their living rooms n watch the fun on TV. Like the gujarat riots...
        1. rajesh desai
          Jan 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm
          Please don’t bring politics in this , a person in 30 his life goes in vain just for the bunch of fools who doesn’t know the real real reason but deep rooted enmity. If you don’t improve then your 100 generations will end worst than you . For god’s sake wake up and look around as where the rest of the world is going . Britishers knee how to devide and rule and you after all these centuries still the same ? This is because you guys have no common goal but individual selfish goals . Come out and help in progress of the nation . There are many things to earn decent livelihood than this cast haterdness .
          1. Jyoti Saharey
            Jan 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm
            Violence have no caste so don't relate it with caste/community there are several incidences......,,,,,,.every wife or husbands are more or less same we should see in right spirit why we are still having so much difference in respect of caste and money
          2. Kummethi Abdul Shukur
            Jan 4, 2018 at 10:51 am
            Remember once a Muslim youth was killed in Pune because he was sporting a beard.
            1. rajesh desai
              Jan 4, 2018 at 1:04 pm
              No such incident happened , myself a DIG pune . Please don’t spread hate
              1. Honey Singh
                Jan 4, 2018 at 1:15 pm
                hahaha you DIG pune , abe kaam kar apna jaake
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