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Mumbai police deny permission to Jignesh Mewani and Umar Khalid

A day after Maharashtra bandh, which saw protests that practically shut down the city, the Mumbai police denied permission for an event in Vile Parle, where Dalit activist and Gujarat legislator Jignesh Mewani and Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid were to address students.

The police have imposed section 144, banning any assembly of people, and have detained organisers of the event.

The event, All India Students Summit, has been organised by Chhatra Bharati, a students’ outfit. The police have also detained Chhatra Bharati president Datta Dhage and other office-bearers after they announced that the event would go ahead even without police permission.

Two days ago, a police complaint was filed against the duo in Pune for allegedly inciting violence at Bhima Koregaon, which led to the death of a 28-year-old man and triggered Dalit protests across Maharashtra. Both the newly elected MLA, who is also a Dalit, and the JNU student leader were present at the Bhima Koregaon event that was held to commemorate the victory of British forces over an army led by Peshwa Baji Rao II.

Mewani, Khalid and other students leaders were to address the first session of the summit at Bhaidas Hall in Vile Parle at 11am.

Police personnel have been deployed at Bhaidas hall.


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