Have no reference to Bhima-Koregaon case; NIA attempting to harass me: IISER professor

Kolkata, September 6

Days after the NIA summoned IISER-Kolkata professor Partho Sarathi Ray for questioning in reference to the Bhima-Koregaon violence in 2018, the scientist and social activist on Sunday mentioned he had nothing to do with the incident and the probe company was attempting to “harass him, as has been the case with other intellectuals”.

Ray additionally mentioned that there was no cost in opposition to him, and he had by no means visited the Bhima-Koregaon memorial in Pune.

“The agency (NIA) has summoned me as a witness in the case, under section 160 CrPC. Therefore, there are no charges against me. I have no connection with this case as I have never been to Bhima-Koregaon. I wasn’t even aware of the incident till I read about it in the newspapers,” he instructed PTI.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued a discover to Ray, who can also be the convenor of Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC) West Bengal unit, asking him to seem for questioning in its Mumbai workplace on September 10 in reference to the Bhima-Koregaon violence.

The case pertains to an incident of caste violence that occurred close to the Bhima-Koregaon struggle memorial on January 1, 2018, following alleged provocative speeches at Elgar Parishad conclave a day earlier.

Several autos have been torched and one individual killed within the incident, triggering large-scale Dalit agitation in Maharashtra.

“This is nothing but a tactic to harass and intimidate me, as is being done with academics and intellectuals all over India. I am a biomedical scientist who has been involved in the battle against COVID-19. I have also stood consistently on the side of the persecuted and disadvantaged. It is very unfortunate that I’m being harassed in this manner at this critical time,” he mentioned. PTI

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