Once again a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader has landed in controversy, this time, Umar Khalid, who along with Gujarat-based Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani was arrested by the Pune police under sections 153 (A), 505 and 117 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
On Thursday, the Mumbai police had denied Mevani permission to hold a rally.
Chhatra Bharati Students Organisation have organised the "All India Students Summit 2018" which is scheduled on January 4, 2018, at Mithibai College.
The organizers of the students summit have accused police of acting at the behest of the ruling BJP -Shiv Sena government in the state "to crush the voice of the students". Mevani, the newly elected MLA from Gujarat, and Khalid had attended the "Elgar Parishad", an event organised to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima- Koregaon, at Shaniwar Wada in the city on December 31.
The Mumbai Police had earlier received several complaints against Mevani and Khalid for making "provocative" speeches at an event here on December 31.
A senior officer attached to the Deccan Gymkhana police station confirmed the receipt of the complaint application.
"These were students who came from all over Maharashtra and they wanted to place their problems; many of their schools were closed down", said Chhatra Bharati vice-president Sagar Bhalerao. "This is dictatorship. We will take the fight to the parliament", Richa Singh while being whisked away in police van.
The police have registered a first information report against Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid for instigating the violence in Bhima-Koregaon that left a youth dead. "Mevani, Khalid and other invitees are coming after 11 am", he said.
Opposing the police move, Chhatra Bharati members staged noisy protests, raised anti-government slogans and attempted to squat outside the venue.
Bhima Koregaon event was addressed by Mevani, Khalid and Dalit leaders Prakash Ambedkar and Radhika Vemula.
The clash broke our between villagers from Koregaon Bhima, Pabal and Shikrapur and a large group of people celebrating the January 1, 1818, victory of British troops over Peshwa Bajirao II's army in Koregaon Bhima.
In the aftermath, a day-long "Maharashtra bandh" was called by various Dalit and other organisations on Wednesday.