January 01, 2023

Maha: Release Elgar Parishad Political Prisoners Immediately

There is no connection between the Elgar Parishad at Pune and the violence that erupted at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018. This was part of the deposition made by the then investigating senior police officer, Ganesh More, before the N J Patel Commission set up by the Maharashtra government. The Maharashtra state committee of the CPI(M) strongly demands that, in the light of this revelation, all the Bhima Koregaon political detenus languishing in prison be immediately released.

This deposition by the then investigating officer holds seminal importance for the life and well-being of those innocents spending an indefinite period of their life in unconstitutional confinement. Father Stan Swamy, an octogenarian social worker, died in prison, constantly and inhumanly denied being allowed to go home to breathe his last. Does the Maharashtra state government want the remaining ones to meet a similar fate?

Ganesh More also stated, obviously under oath, that Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote were responsible for the violence that day.

It was Devendra Fadnavis who held the home portfolio then, and has regained it now after the thoroughly corrupt and immoral political coup carried out under the guidance of the scheming leaders of the BJP at the highest level. 

The innocent sixteen of Bhima Koregaon are paying a heavy price for the cynical and evil designs of the RSS and BJP. These falsely accused citizens should be released and all the charges against them be withdrawn with no delay, CPI(M) demands.

These innocent citizens as well as the members of their families have undergone tremendous hardship due to the unethical and inhuman treatment meted out to them by the BJP governments in both the state and at the centre. The CPI(M) also demands that all of them be adequately compensated financially for their illegal and wrongful incarceration.