Palshikar gets cop cover,2 more held

A day after members of a Pune-based Dalit group allegedly vandalised the office of NCERT’s former adviser and political science professor Suhas Palshikar at the University of Pune

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:May 14, 2012 1:03 am

A day after members of a Pune-based Dalit group allegedly vandalised the office of NCERT’s former adviser and political science professor Suhas Palshikar at the University of Pune,the police have arrested two more persons in connection with the case. Investigations have revealed that the two youths arrested on Saturday were apprehended by the Mumbai police last year for illegally trying to enter the Chief Minister’s office.

Palshikar has been provided tight security cover. Four police personnel are guarding his residence while a gun-man accompanies him everywhere.

On Saturday afternoon,four members of the Republican Panther of India had come to Palshikar’s office saying that they wanted to register a protest against the statement he had made after the debate in Parliament over a 1949 sketch by cartoonist Shankar. The four had raised slogans,broke windowpane,damaged furniture,and threw a blue powder on Palshikar. They alleged that Palshikar was responsible for printing the cartoon in the textbook.

The police had arrested two persons — Rahul Bharat Khandare (25) and Subhash Waman Telgute — 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.” Kadam added,“The two have told us that they were arrested by Marine Drive police in Mumbai after they had tried to enter the CM’s cabin while demanding construction of a memorial of Babasaheb Ambedkar at a place in Mumbai last year. We are yet get more details about the case. We are investigating whether these four men have any more 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 who were the persons behind the act.”

Palshikar said though he has been provided a security cover,he has not been told how long this arrangement would continue.

On Friday,Palshikar and psephologist Yogendra Yadav,both advisers for the NCERT’s political science texts for classes IX to XII,had resigned from their posts in response to the government’s announcement to scrap the book with the said controversial cartoon. Asked if there has been any communication from the NCERT on the resignation letter he and Yadav had handed over on Friday,Palshikar said,“Since it was a weekend,I was not really expecting any development in that direction. So I’m not sure if our resignations have been accepted or not. We might hear from them on Monday.”

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