Statement by Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR)
While Dalits have been still struggling to get the culprits who engineered attack on the peaceful congregation of Dalits on 1 January 2018, the Maharashtra Police under the instruction of the BJP Government has taken a shameful step to raid the houses of the activists who organized the peaceful Elgar Conference at Shaniwarwada, Pune on 31 December 2018 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaonof 1818. As a matter of fact, the convenors of the Conference were Justice P B Sawant and Justice B G Kolse Patil, the respected names in the state of Maharashtra. And more than 250 Ambedkarite and progressive organizations were its organizers. In this context to target a few select activists is utterly condemnable.