Members of the Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), a Dalit group and working-class cultural troupe, said on Wednesday they were being made “scapegoats” for the January 1 clashes at Bhima-Koregaon, which led to the death of one person.Earlier this week, Vishrambaug Wada police booked six KKM members for allegedly making provocative speeches and presentations that promoted enmity between two groups at Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwarwada Fort on December 31 as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle.KKM members said they were being made scapegoats to divert attention from the real perpetrators of the clashes. Jyoti Jagtap, who has been named in the FIR, said, “This is a clear conspiracy against us as we are soft targets for the government and the police machinery. “ In the past, we were accused of promoting Maoist-Naxalite ideology and were hounded by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad. In such an explosive scenario [Bhima-Koregaon violence], the KKM becomes a natural target for those looking to divert attention from the real instigators.” Ms. Jagtap said Hindutva leader Milind Ekbote had protested against the permission granted to the KKM to perform at Elgaar Parishad. She said, “Ekbote’s efforts to prevent the parishad were futile. His ploy to stoke tensions between Dalits and Marathas on January 1 backfired. The Maharashtra bandh on January 3 proved people were against him. In retaliation, we are being targeted by Hindutva forces.” Sudhir Dhavale, Deepak Dhengle, Sagar Gorkhe, Harshali Potdar and Ramesh Gaychor are the other KKM members named in the FIR filed on January 8.Meanwhile, the Pune Rural Police arrested eight more persons in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence on Wednesday, taking the number of those arrested to 51.
Human skeleton remains were found strewn near a garbage dump close to the post-mortem section of the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH) here on Saturday, officials said.The SKMCH is in news for the death of more than 100 brain fever-afflicted children since June 1.“Unclaimed bodies after post-mortem are cremated in due course. These skeletal remains are found at the spot where cremations are said to take place. But I agree this should be done in a more humane fashion,” Sunil Kumar Shahi, Superintendent of the SKMCH hospital said.The embarrassed hospital superintendent was replying to queries from a swarm of journalists who have been camping in the town to cover the epidemic-like situation that has arisen in the wake of the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which has claimed close to 140 lives across the state, with this north Bihar district alone accounting for 127 deaths.Also Read The Hindu Explains: How litchi toxin is causing the deaths of undernourished children in Muzaffarpur Bearing the brunt, the SKMCH, which is one of the largest government hospitals in the State, has witnessed the death of 107 AES-afflicted children since June 1.“The post-mortem section comes under the administrative control of the principal of the medical college attached to the hospital. I have asked him to set up a committee to look into the matter and take remedial measures,” Dr. Shahi added.Meanwhile, as news channels beamed the horrific images, the district administration swung into action and Sub Divisional Magistrate (East) Kundan Kumar and Superintendent of Police (City) Neeraj Kumar rushed to the spot.“We will not like to comment on this episode until we conduct a thorough inquiry”, the SP (City) said.Locals say with disgust that improper disposal of dead bodies has been a long-standing problem in the area and stray dogs can be often seen pouncing upon half-burnt corpses. read more
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