Mumbai, Mar 26: Dalit leader and the grandson of Dr B R Ambedkar, Prakash Ambedkar would Elgar Morcha, a protest march in Mumbai demanding the arrest of Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide for his alleged involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon violence in January. The Mumbai Police on Sunday denied permission for Elgar Morcha and asked protesters to assemble ar Azad Maidan. Prakash Ambedkar, however, said the protest march will be taken out without permission. Catch live updates on Elgar Morcha in Mumbai here. Also Read - BMC Circular, Directing That Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Only be Cremated, Withdrawn
Elgar Morcha is expected to begin at Rani Baug at Byculla. Since the police denied permission, the protestors will assemble at CST and head towards Vidhan Bhavan. “The state government informed us about denial of permission on Sunday afternoon. However, the people across the state, who want to join the march, have already left for Mumbai and now we cannot call off the protest rally,” Prakash Ambedkar was quoted as saying. The Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh chief said denial of permission will lead to more chaos in Mumbai. Also Read - Fire Breaks Out in Mantralaya Building in Mumbai, 4 Fire Tenders Rushed to Spot
Ambedkar had served an ultimatum to the state government on March 15 demanding the arrest of Bhide by March 26. Another leader named by Ambedkar – Milind Ekbote – was arrested from Pune in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon incidents earlier this month. Ekbote and Bhide are accused of instigating, planning and orchestrating the violence during the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Anglo-Maratha War where the army of Peshwa Bajirao II was vanquished by a small force of the East India Company that comprised a large number of Dalits. Also Read - Central Railway to Run 3 Special Parcel Trains to Transport Essential Commodities During Lockdown
A youth was killed during clashes. However, both Ekbote and Bhide – whose admirers include Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis – have vehemently denied playing any role in the January 1 riots and its subsequent fallout.