Seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in the matter, it said he should make it clear whether the probe by the Pune police was correct or the statement by Mr Athawale, who had also demanded a probe into the role of Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide for allegedly instigating violence against Dalits.
"BJP's duplicity and double speak exposed again in Bhima-Koregaon! Union Minister, Athawale calls arrests of Dalit activists as 'injustice' and says 'no relation of Elgaar Parishad with violence'.
"Maharashtra Govt describes them as 'maoist operatives'. Who is lying?" asked Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a series of tweets.
"A fair investigation, bereft of politics, is the need of the hour," he added.
Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said: "If the union minister is telling a lie, he should be removed from his post. If the Pune police investigation is correct, then it should specify the basis of the probe."
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