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2 RPI activists detained for attempt to ‘disrupt’ CM function


Pune : Two activists of the Republican Party of India (Kharat group) were today detained for allegedly trying to disrupt a function here, where Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was present, police said.

One of the activists tried to get on to the dais, where Fadnavis was seated during the event held at Tilak Smarak Mandir here, but was stopped by police personnel.

According to police, the detained activist, Dilip Ghokse, who belongs to RPI’s Sachin Kharat group, later told them he wanted to hand over a memorandum to the Chief Minister against the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan in Mumbai.

He also said he wanted stern punishment against the Kopardi rape and murder case accused.

Another party worker, who was present when the incident took place, was also taken into custody.

The programme was organised to mark freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s 160th birth anniversary and the centenary year celebrations of his thunderous slogan “Swarajya is my birthright and I shall have it”.

“When the programme was underway, Ghokse managed to sneak through the police personnel and scaled the dais. However, two policemen immediately stopped him from going further and pulled him back,” an officer, attached to the Vishrambaug police station said.

“The moment, he was pulled back, he waved a copy of the memorandum in the air, which he later claimed he wanted to hand over to the CM. He also tried to raise slogans, but was immediately taken out of the hall,” the officer added.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Sudhir Hitemath told PTI the two have been detained and further investigation is on.

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