Mumbai: Union Minister and Republic party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athawle on Friday said that five people arrested, by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence are followers of Ambedkar, then they should not be considered as Naxalites.
“There is no connection between Yalgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon violence. Five people who were arrested yesterday, if they are followers of Ambedkar they should not be considered Naxalites. There should be a thorough investigation in the matter,” Athawale told media
“I will talk to the Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis) regarding this. If those who were arrested yesterday have no connection with naxal movement then I will definitely try to help them. I want to appeal to the young followers of Ambedkar that they should not have any association with naxal movement,” he added.
He further promised that he would try to help those arrested, if it is not found that they have any connection with the Naxal movement.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Pune police arrested Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Jacob Wilson, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut in connection with the Bhima Koregaon Violence. Joint Commissioner of Pune Police said “The five people arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence have links with Naxals.”