Koregaon Bhima commission asks Prakash Ambedkar to appear before it on March 27

The Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry has passed an order to issue a ‘letter of request’ to Prakash Ambedkar, the prominent Dalit leader in Maharashtra, asking him to appear before it during a hearing in Pune on 27 March.

The Maharashtra government formed the judicial commission headed by retired judge Justice J N Patel to investigate the cause of violence in the Koregaon Bhima area on January 1, 2018.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima, a large gathering of Dalits, primarily from the Ambedkarite Mahar community, had congregated at the ‘Jaystambh.’ The event turned violent after an attack from Hindutva groups. Prakash Ambedkar blamed Hindutva leaders Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote for the Koregaon Bhima violence and called for a Maharashtra bandh on January 3, 2018.

The judicial commission, tasked with probing the violence, had issued notices to prominent political leaders in 2018 requesting them to appear before it and suggest measures to avoid violent incidents in the future. However, no political leader except Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar responded to the notices, the application stated, according to PTI.