Statement on Ambedkar-Phule: Pune Journalist held after minister Chandrakant Patil blames him for the attack

The ink-throwing incident occurred at Pimpri Chichwad here on Saturday in an apparent protest against Patil's statement that Ambedkar and Phule did not seek government grants for running educational institutions.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, December 11, 2022, 09:10 PM IST
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A journalist working with a News Channel has been held After Maharashtra minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chandrakant Patil said that a journalist had planned the attack on him with protestors.

Tha name of the journalist is Govind Wakade and he works as a Pune correspondent with TV channel, reported Indie Journal.

Patil had balmed the scribe for the attack

Maharashtra minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chandrakant Patil on Sunday said ink was thrown on him as part of a planned attack and claimed his statement on social reformers Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Phule was "distorted" by some people.

The ink-throwing incident occurred at Pimpri Chichwad here on Saturday in an apparent protest against Patil's statement that Ambedkar and Phule did not seek government grants for running educational institutions.

The "begged" (sought donations) to gather funds for starting schools and colleges, Patil had said.

The use of the word "begged" by Patil, who is the state's minister for higher and technical education, stirred a controversy, leading to the ink attack.

The Pimpri Chichwad police booked three people for the incident and also suspended 10 of its personnel, including three officers.

Talking to reporters on Sunday, Patil said a journalist had planned the attack on him with protestors, adding he had sought an inquiry into the matter.

"Some people distorted my statement and attacked me in a cowardly manner. This was a planned attack. I will submit evidence to the district collector," Patil said.

Patil also said he had requested the chief minister (Eknath Shinde) and deputy CM (Devendra Fadnavis) not to suspend the police personnel who were on duty with him at the time of the incident.

Defending himself, Patil said he had strived hard to get Marathwada University renamed after Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Asking if anybody from the group that threw ink on him had even studied the works of Ambedkar, Patil also lashed out at Nationalist Congress Party leaders Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal.

"Why is Ajit Pawar quiet today? Bhujbal has said this (ink throwing) is a natural reaction. In that case, ink should be hurled at him as well. I have read Babasaheb (works). Ask (Karjat Jamkhed NCP MLA) Rohit Pawar to read the works of Babasaheb and then come to counter me," Patil said.

He said police must be allowed to do its work in connection with the probe into the incident and asked people not to create law and order issues.

The BJP held protests in some places during the day seeking strict action in the case.

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