Haque, now posted with the CBI, was the superintendent of Pune Rural Police when the violence had broken out. It was his team that had arrested Ekbote on charges of hatching a conspiracy to trigger violence.
This is the first submission from any entity of the Indian Army to the judicial commission, which is probing the circumstances and sequence of events leading up to the violence witnessed on January 1 this year, on the 200th anniversary of the battle.
Police claims that the speeches made at Elgaar Parishad had a role to play in instigating violence witnessed in and around Pune when lakhs of people had gathered to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
The outfit has been opposing the tradition of burning the effigy of Ravan on Dussehra, claiming Ravan was a symbol of humanitarian culture and an idol for various ‘Adivasi Bahujan’ (tribal and backward) communities.
Bhim Army objects to burning of Ravan: The outfit has said if this does not happen, the members will come out on the streets to oppose Ravan Dahan and the police administration would be responsible for any law and order situation.
That document titled, “A proposal for initiating All India Anti Fascist Front,” talks about mobilising “militant sections” of people, for which the front needs to come up at all levels, within villages, small towns and cities.
The police did not say anything about their role in organising the December 31 Elgaar Parishad, a “cultural” event in Pune, that is supposed to have contributed to the violence witnessed in areas in and around the city on the 200th anniversary of Battle of Koregaon the next day.
The notice asks seekers to chant “Kuldevta” or “Bhagvan Shri Krishna” or both. The notice further claims that even after such unjust actions (of arrests of Hindutva activists), the truth will win in the end.