Delhi Police refuse to give permission to Jignesh Mevani event

Jignesh was supposed to talk about the issues like land, dignity and education in the event at the Parliament street on January 9. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 08.11 AM (IST)

Delhi police have denied permission to a public event in which Dalit rights activist Jignesh Mevani was scheduled to take part.

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The police refused to give permission claiming that the decision was taken to maintain law and order in the city ahead of the Republic Day.

Jignesh was supposed to talk about the issues like land, dignity and education in the event at the Parliament street on January 9.

Earlier in January, he was denied permission to speak in Mumbai by Mumbai police in which JNU student leader Umar Khalid was also supposed to take part.

Several students were also detained by the police for protesting outside the venue against the permission refused by the police.

The organiser of the event, Sachin Bansode, president of Chhatra Bharati and his deputy Sagar Bhalerao and an MLC Kapil were also detained by the police.

An FIR was filled against Jignesh Mevani for giving a provocative speech in Pune earlier in January.

He was there as a speaker at an event to commemorate the battle of Bhima-Koregaon between the East India Company and the Peshwa army.

The event was followed by severe violence between Dalit groups in Pune.

Later on January 7, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale said that Mewani was not responsible for the violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune.