The man, Mayur Khole, a resident of Patil Estate slum in Shivajinagar, says that he belongs to the Hindu Matang community, and heads an ‘Ayodhya Group’ of over 100 local youths. His father Suresh has been associated with Patit Pavan Sanghatna, a Hindutva group, for many years.
Set up by the state government, the two-member commission is looking into the factors that led to the violence in Koregaon Bhima area on January 1, 2018. It has held several hearings and heard depositions from several witnesses, historians and others.
As per an order by the Union Home Ministry, issued in December 2016, the district collectors of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Thane were conferred with the power to grant citizenship to minorities from Pakistan living in their jurisdictions.
Ganapathy’s addition takes the number of accused in this case to 23. Charges have now been framed against 15 of these, under provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Indian Penal Code.
The Indian Express had first reported about the movement started by members of ‘Stop the V-Ritual’ Whatsapp group against “virginity tests” after one of them, Siddhant Dashrath Indrekar (21), had complained against the caste panchayat at the Vishrantwadi police station on November 25, 2017.
During the Patthalgarhi movement, several villages of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh last year put up similar messages inscribed on stone slabs, seeking to declare supremacy of the gram sabha while asking the government to stay away.
Ravindra Lahuji Chandane of Murbad in Thane district, a leader of Republican Party of India (Secular) and an eyewitness to the Koregaon Bhima violence, was cross-examined on Tuesday by advocate Pradeep Gavade, who represented witness Sagar Shinde.
A few tribal-dominated villages in Dahanu taluka of Palghar district, on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, have put up signboards announcing that laws made by Parliament or the State Assembly are not applicable in these areas.
Women from at least 22 states were found in Pune’s red light area. Police have prepared a list of these women along with details like their names, photographs and identity cards. Police said it was being done to ensure no new women and minors were forced into prostitution in the red light area.
Accused Milind Ekbote was booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act following a complaint lodged by Anita Savale, a Dalit woman. Another Hindutva leader, Sambhaji Bhide, was a co-accused in the FIR.