Bhima Koregaon case: Probe commission examined 35 of 360 witnesses in last one year, says activist

Apart from Justice Patel, a retired judge of the Calcutta High Court, the other member in the judicial commission is Sumit Mullick, Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner.

Published: 01st January 2019 10:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st January 2019 03:40 PM   |  A+A-

Maharashtra Police ADG Law and Order Param Bir Singh with Pune's Additional CP Shivaji Bodke (L) at a press conference about the house arrest of rights activists in Bhima Koregaon case in Mumbai. (File photo | PTI)

By PTI

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government-appointed two-member judicial commission probing the Bhima Koregaon violence has examined 35 out of the total 360 witnesses of the incident that took place exactly a year ago, social activist Sanjay Lakhe Patil claimed Tuesday.

The commission, headed by Justice (retired) J N Patel, was set up on February 9 last year and had eight sittings in Pune and Mumbai so far, he told PTI.

Apart from Justice Patel, a retired judge of the Calcutta High Court, the other member in the judicial commission is Sumit Mullick, Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner.

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A sum of Rs 62 lakh has been provided so far for expenses incurred by the commission, Patil said.

While it was given four months time to probe the incident, its tenure was later extended by a year.

On January 1 last year, the event to mark the 200th anniversary of the 1818 Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district was marred by violence, allegedly provoked by right-wing groups, resulting in the death of one person and extensive damage to public property.

Dalit groups commemorate the British victory as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community -- then considered untouchable -- were part of the East India Company's forces which defeated the Peshwa Army of the Maratha Empire.

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