Many young political activists also used the space to discuss issues of atrocities and discrimination faced by Dalits and the need to launch a national movement.
The absence of any effort by the CBI to protect and reassure their witnesses is leading to the mass retraction of earlier statements made before a magistrate that had incriminated the accused.
As the police continue to investigate and keep watch in the area, there is an uneasy calm in the villages around the Bhima Koregaon memorial.
Organised by an offshoot of the Sanatan Sanstha, over 7,000 men and women attended a recent event in Pune that was aimed at evoking a strong pro-Hindutva sentiment, which in turn implied attacking Muslims, the government, the media and the liberals.
Chandramohan, 23 when he was arrested for his coursework at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda, said he gave up waiting for justice.
Justice Revati Mohite-Dere ruled that the special CBI court had overreached its powers by issuing the gag order.
The mutilated bodies of three Dalit men were found dumped in a septic tank in Sonai village on January 1, 2013.
Dalit-Bahujan issues, earlier rejected even within the liberal political space, are now at the centre of political discourse.
‘Instead of arresting those involved in terrorising our community, the police has been busy arresting our children,’ said the uncle of a 14-year-old boy who was picked up.
Bound by a common cause, as Maharashtra’s Dalits begin to assert themselves, BR Ambedkar’s grandson finds himself in a unique position.
“Such cuts are extremely restrictive and take away the director’s independence to explore his subject.”
According to residents in some parts of the city, the police detained people even though they were protesting peacefully.
Impromptu protests erupted in various parts of the city with calls for a state shutdown due to the police’s inability to contain violence in Pune which later spread to other parts.
In central Mumbai’s metamorphosis from an old working-class area to a rich people’s playground, zoning laws and safety regulations have been ignored.
Defending the advisory, a community spokesperson said that using western style toilets is “alien” to Bohra culture.
Even with apparent deformities to their bodies, many leprosy-affected individuals are not recognised as ‘disabled’ by the state health department.
Families of those killed have claimed that the men’s bodies did not have bullet injuries, but looked like they had been severely tortured.
“I know I might not achieve much in the end, but I have come this far, I can’t give up now.”
Over 100 houses have been demolished under the Gunda Dhar-pakad Abhiyaan to ‘control crime’ in the city.
The Legal Rights Organisation has threatened to disrupt the annual Anuradha Gandhy Memorial Lecture and has written to the Mumbai police seeking action against the organisers.
In an attempt to make the city ‘open defecation free’, families who had paid for toilets and were midway through construction allege that their houses were destroyed before surveyors came around.
Those summoned allege they are being targeted for their political views but the Maharashtra police insists they have been called only as witnesses.
‘Desperate attempt’ to divert attention from Gauri Lankesh’s killing and tarnish murdered communist leader’s name, says daughter Megha Pansare.
Various lawyers’ associations have termed the government’s initial action as ‘interference’ since the constitution clearly separates powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.
In March, the BMC demolished the huts of 30 families, mostly Dalits, and destroyed or seized all their belongings.
Others in the cultural group have claimed that the couple’s exit is an attempt to distance themselves from controversy and avoid further problems with the police.
A new rule mandating a judicial inquiry into every case of custodial death does not account for deaths reported between when the law was amended in 2006 and when the circular was issued in 2016.