Mumbai Police on Thursday cancelled a students’ programme that was to be attended by Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and student leader Umar Khalid, who were accused of making controversial speeches in Pune. FIRs were filed against the two leaders for allegedly creating communal disharmony through their speeches. Meanwhile, the organisers have said they would go ahead with the programme.
He added that they were preparing for the event for the last two days, but police only acted on Thursday. Angry students raised slogans against the police. They alleged that police roughed them up. The students were later forcibly removed from the spot.
The Pune police registered FIRs against Mevani, Umar Khalid for allegedly making provocative speeches and creating communal disharmony. They had delivered speeches on December 31 at Elgaar Parishad in Pune which allegedly led to caste violence. A man was killed and over a dozen got injured in the violence after the event which was organised to commemorate an eighteen century battle between the British and the Marathas. The police were examining their speeches. A shutdown was called in Maharashtra which paralyzed normal life in various cities of the state including Mumbai and Aurangabad.