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Bhima Koregaon violence: Shiv Sena questions arrests of five left activists, says contentions of Maharashtra police 'ridiculous'

"The (Pune) police must not shoot off their mouths like this and the government must bar them from such statements", wrote the Sena.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Mumbai [ Published on: September 03, 2018 12:47 IST ]
Bhima Koregaon Violence.
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Bhima Koregaon Violence.

The Shiv Sena on Monday targeted the Maharashtra Police for the arrests of five left activists last week. The Sena in its party mouthpieces 'Saamana' and 'Dopahar ka Saamana' launched a scathing attack at the Maharashtra Police department saying that the contentions of the police behind the arrests of the activists were 'ridiculous'.

"The (Pune) police must not shoot off their mouths like this and the government must bar them from such statements", wrote the Sena.

While the practice of "using the police" for different aims is nothing new for the politicians and government, in the present instance, "the faster the truth emerges, the better," (remove the 'mukhota') for the police, demanded the Sena.

"The police contentions behind the arrests are ridiculous... The erstwhile government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was voted out and removed by the people not by the Maoists", it added.

The second argument of the Pune police was that Modi was allegedly being targeted in a "Rajiv Gandhi-style assassination", at which the Sena clawed at the Pune police.

"The former PMs, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were fearless and courageous leaders... It was their boldness which claimed their lives... But Modi will never indulge in such adventures. 

"He is already provided the best security in the world and not even a bird can overfly him," the Sena pointed out.

Dismissing the police contentions, the Sena said that "if these handful of Maoists had so much political strength", they would never have lost their (Communist) governments in West Bengal, Tripura, Manipur, etc".

The five left activists were arrested last week for reportedly 'hatching a conspiracy to overthrow the central and state governments" besides allegedly plotting a Rajiv Gandhi-style assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The edit said the Pune police arrested P. Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Fereira and Vernon Gonsalves -- intellectuals in different fields of life, rights activists, considered extremely influential persons moving about in high society circles.

"There are some doubts that something is wrong somewhere with these arrests... The facts must come out before the BJP becomes the butt of new jokes," the Sena concluded.

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