Facing flak, Rane writes to CM Pramod Sawant; says withdraw cases against tribals

In January this year, the state government had scrapped the plan.
Facing flak, Rane writes to CM Pramod Sawant; says withdraw cases against tribals

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday, December 27, wrote to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant urging the latter to withdraw cases against tribals who took part in last year's protests against the setting up of an IIT campus in Sattari.

Several cases were filed in connection with the protests that took place in Shel Melaulim village, which is part of Rane's Valpoi Assembly seat.

"This issue needs to be put at rest as there will not be an IIT in Guleli and as decided by the Cabinet. I have requested the Hon'ble CM through my letter and email to withdraw the cases with immediate effect. I shall be meeting with him in this regard to follow up on the same," he tweeted.

On Sunday, several people gathered at Guleli village to protest against the BJP government and Health Minister with black armbands and placards. Rane was also stopped from attending an event.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>People gathered in Guleli village to protest against BJP Government and Vishwajit Rane</p></div>

People gathered in Guleli village to protest against BJP Government and Vishwajit Rane

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The main demands are that various offences against the citizens should be withdrawn, the land allotted to IITs should be reclaimed by the government, the 'No Objection Certificate' case in the Panchayat Directorate should be terminated and 'No Objection Certificate' should not be given to IITs.

In January this year, the state government had scrapped the plan.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Health Minister Vishwajit Rane</p></div>
Melauli locals demand to withdraw the cases against protestors

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