Ruckus as police cancels Mevani, Khalid meet in Mumbai

Mumbai police deny permission to Jignesh Mevani's event

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A separate complaint has been filed against Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid in Pune for allegedly making controversial statements during an event in the city on December 31. Talking to Mirror, he said, "This registration of frivolous offence against us verifies that the BJP-led government in Maharashtra wants the unrest to continue".

"Members of Sangh Parivar and the BJP made a childish attempt to tarnish my image and target me".

"Today we remember Ambedkar as the framer of our constitution, but his motto in life was annihilation of the caste system from the country".

"Today when we are exploring the possibility of Mars having water or whether moon can be inhabited, why is the demon of caste still alive?" he asked.

On the backdrop of Bhima-Koregaon violence and Maharashtra Bandh crisis, political analysts are considering Mevani and Khalid's visit as an important event.

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The police have registered a first information report against Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid for instigating the violence in Bhima-Koregaon that left a youth dead. "No part of my speech was provocative or inflammatory", he added. The police said that they were analysing the speeches of Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid in reference to the complaint.

The organisers had sent a letter to the Juhu police on December 29 mentioning that the duo would be participating in the event, but the police sent a notice refusing permission on Wednesday, citing the statewide bandh.

"Not even a single word of my speech was inflammatory, I am just being targeted". The complaint was later forwarded to Vishrambag police station, under whose jurisdiction the Elgaar Parishad was held in Pune to mark the 200th year of Battle of Bhima Koregaon.

Jignesh has said that these kinds of attacks on him are merely because the ministers from the BJP party are scared of his influence in the public and he could prove to be threat in te 2019 elections. I am just being targeted. Sources said that after the police denied permission, massive protests took place in Vile Parle locality.

"Mevani provoked the people to come out on the streets and retaliate. We follow not only Savitribai Phule and Babasaheb Ambedkar but also Bhagat Singh", Mevani said.

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