Bhima Koregaon violence: Bombay HC refuses interim relief to murder-accused trio

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: May 10, 2018 6:51:02 pm

The three accused, who are lodged in jail since January 10, had approached the high court earlier this week seeking bail. (Express File Photo) 

The Bombay High Court has refused interim relief on a bail plea by three persons arrested in a murder case linked to the violence that erupted during the bicentenary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district on January 1. The three accused, who are lodged in jail since January 10, had approached the high court earlier this week seeking bail.

After hearing brief arguments in the case on Wednesday, vacation judge Bharati Dangre said there was no urgency in the matter and adjourned the bail pleas for further hearing next month. According to police, a local resident Rahul Phatangade was allegedly accosted by a mob and beaten to death when the violence erupted on January 1. The violence had erupted during the event to mark 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army on January 1, 1818. Some Dalit groups commemorate this victory, as it is believed that soldiers from the Mahar community — then considered untouchable — were part of the East India Company’s…

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