Amid the Opposition tirade against RSS for allegedly fomenting riots in Maharashtra, the organisation has in a counter-offensive blamed ‘some forces’ for the disturbances in the state.

Violence erupted in Pune and other parts of Maharashtra during the bicentenary celebration of the Bhima-Koregaon battle near Pune on Monday as Dalits and right-wing activists fought in the streets over the latter’s objection to celebrating the day as ‘victory day’ which it termed as anti-national.

Condemning the violence, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachaar Pramukh Manmohan Vaidya alleged some ‘forces’ were behind the caste violence. He demanded persons behind the violence should be punished. “….some forces are trying to create hatred and animosity among communities,” Vaidya charged.

“The recent incidents at Koregaon, Pune and various other parts of Maharashtra are very sad and painful. RSS strongly condemns such violence and feels it is despicable,” the RSS leader said in a statement.

The RSS appealed to the people to maintain unity and harmony. “RSS appeals to the public to maintain unity and harmony in the society, which have always been the top priority for RSS,” Mohan Vaidya said.

The state government has initiated a probe into the widespread arson and violence in Maharashtra in the wake of caste violence.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut alleged that there was a conspiracy behind the violence. He said it was imperative to find out who stood to gain from the caste clashes in the state.