Amit Parshuram Bongade, who is undergoing treatment at ICU of the Sassoon General Hospital, had gone to the Jaystambh with two of his friends to participate in the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, said his family.
More than five lakh people, mainly from the Dalit community, had assembled in Pune this year to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle, in which British forces had defeated an army of Peshwas on January 1, 1818.
Organisers of the Elgaar Parishad said that all speakers, including newly elected MLA Jignesh Mevani, Umar Khalid JNU student charged with sedition, Vinay Ratan Singh the national president of the Bhim Army have confirmed their presence.
Around 6.45 pm on July 13, 2016, when the victim was returning home on a bicycle from her grandfather’s house, according to the police, the trio stopped her, sexually assaulted her and then murdered her.
The trio — Jitendra Babubal Shinde (21), Santosh Gorakh Bhaval (29) and Nitin Gopinath Bhailume (28) — was convicted for the rape and murder of the Class IX student. Arguments over the quantum of punishment will take place on November 21.
A poster on the programme, among several put up across the city, purportedly stated ‘come and be delivered from sin, sickness, curses, and bindings of evil spirits’, and mentioned contact numbers of the ‘United Christian Fellowship, Pune’.
Following the filing of the FIR, police have booked 20 people, said to be members of caste panchayat of Hiranwale’s community, under a new Maharashtra law that seeks to protect people from such social boycott.