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Not connected With Bhima Koregaon Case, Being Harassed: Professor Partho Sarothi Ray

The scientist and social activist on Sunday said he had nothing to do with the incident and the probe agency was trying to “harass him, as has been the case with other intellectuals”.

Mr Ray also said that there was no charge against him, and he had never 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 told PTI.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has issued a notice to Mr Ray, who is also the convenor of Persecuted Prisoners Solidarity Committee (PPSC) West Bengal unit, asking him to appear for questioning in its Mumbai office on September 10 in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case.

“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 underprivileged. It is very unfortunate that I’m being harassed in this manner at this critical time,” he said

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