Activist’s banner torn, complaint blames NCP min for hate speech

  • | Monday | 20th November, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: The rural police have registered a case against unidentified suspects for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony after unidentified suspects tore the banner of Maratha activist Manoj Jarange under the limits of Sillegaon police station.The fact that the FIR has named Maharashtras food and civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal for hate speech, has raised many eyebrows.The senior police officers on Saturday stated that the minister has not been named as an accused in the FIR, it is just that the complainant has named him for allegedly making hate speech.Sandeep Autade (35), a farmer from Agathan in Gangapur tehsil of the district, had stated in his police complaint that Bhujbal, during the OBC mega rally held on Friday at Ambad in Jalna district, made some comments that could create enmity between the two communities. The complaint further stated that Bhujbal has made an appeal for removing banners related to Maratha reservation from all villages.According to the complaint, the banner at Arapur Shivar on Nagpur– Mumbai highway was torn after Bhujbals speech and demanded action against the minister for allegedly making hate speech.Superintendent of police Maneesh Kalwaniya said, An FIR has been lodged against unidentified suspects for tearing the banner. We will not tolerate any acts aimed at disrupting peace and harmony. Claims regarding the minister being booked are baseless and incorrect.The officer said that a police team has been deployed for investigating this case. We want the actual culprits to be nabbed at all cost. This kind of strict action against such elements will act as a deterrent, Kalwaniya said.We also published the following articles recentlyChhagan Bhujbal fuelling tension between Marathas and OBCs, says JarangeMaratha activist Manoj Jarange has accused minister Chhagan Bhujbal of trying to create tension between the Marathas and the OBC community. Jarange urged the chief minister and deputy chief ministers to monitor Bhujbals activities and called for him to maintain silence. Jarange also claimed that Bhujbal wants to become the chief minister and that if he does, the Marathas will not receive reservation. He further stated that the Marathas do not want separate reservation and will not allow it outside of the OBC category. Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati has criticized Bhujbal for disturbing social harmony and questioned the governments stance on the issue.Allegations against the Bhujbals: Activist approached Sule for helpAnti-corruption activist Anjali Damania has accused NCP MP Supriya Sule of not taking action against Chhagan Bhujbal, who allegedly took over a bungalow belonging to the Fernandes family. Damania claims that Sule initially verified the allegations and made Bhujbal agree to pay Rs 8.5 crore, but no progress has been made since then. The property has now been attached by the ED. Damania has given Bhujbal a 48-hour ultimatum to transfer the money. Bhujbal denies the allegations and says the matter is in court. Sule says it is a matter of a widow and her children, not politics.Chhagan Bhujbal says Tope, Rohit Pawar brought Jarange back to agitation venueMaharashtra food and civil supplies minister, Chhagan Bhujbal, has accused NCP MLAs Rajesh Tope and Rohit Pawar of bringing back Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange to the agitation venue in Jalna after he had returned home following a police lathicharge. Bhujbal criticized the NCP leaders for not informing Sharad Pawar about the police attack and accused them of denting the morale of the police force. Bhujbal also demanded a caste-based census and called for politicians to support the OBC community. Maharashtra housing minister Atul Save and Pankaja Munde did not attend the OBC rally.

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