December 28, 2018
Ambedkarite group Bhim Army’s chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday tweeted that the Mumbai Police have arrested him from Chaityabhoomi in the city’s Dadar area. It is a memorial to BR Ambedkar, who was cremated there on December 6, 1956, and an important pilgrimage centre for Ambedkarites and Buddhists.
Earlier in the evening, Azad had accused the police of detaining him and his supporters in a hotel in the city’s Malad area, criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra for holding them captive without cause.
Azad was allegedly detained after he declared he would continue with the Bhim Army’s plan to conduct a rally in Jambori Maidan in the city’s Worli locality on Saturday despite not receiving permission from the police for the event. He shared clips of police personnel near the hotel on his social media account, and released a video demanding to know the reason for his alleged detention. “I wanted to speak to my supporters,” Azad said in the video. “I want to known which law I violated. I will continue my work undeterred.”