FIR against Jignesh Mevani, Umar Khalid for making inflammatory speeches, inciting Dalits
Pune police have registered an FIR against Gujarat Dalit leader and MLA Jignesh Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid for allegedly inciting passions between communities, which snowballed and led to the Dalit agitation in Maharashtra.
The FIR was lodged late on Wednesday following a complaint by a 22-year-old student, Akshay G. Bikkad, of Pune who took objections to the speeches by Mevani and Khalid at Shaniwarwada on December 31.
In his complaint, Bikkad said that at a ‘Yalgar Parishad’ held that day, the two speakers made inflammatory speeches that could create misunderstanding between communities.
The speeches allegedly led to riots in Pune’s Koregaon-Bhima, that left one dead on January 1, and prompted Dalit leaders to call for a Maharashtra bandh yesterday.