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Maharashtra caste riots: Hindutva leader Ekbote arrested

IANS  |  Pune 

Rural police on Wednesday arrested prominent leader Milind Ekbote, who is accused of instigating the Bhima-Koregaon caste violence of January 1, shortly after his plea was rejected by the Supreme Court, officials said.

He was to be presented in a local court later on Wednesday afternoon for remand, they added.

Significantly, the development came a day after announced that all police cases pertaining to the caste riots (of January 1 and later) -- barring serious offences -- would be withdrawn.

A team of Rural police picked up Ekbote, 60, from his home in Shivajinagar amidst tight security around noon.

The arrest came in the wake of two FIRs lodged by activists and against Ekbote and another rightist leader from Sangli, alias Guruji.

The FIRs, lodged with the city police in early January, were later transferred to the for investigation and further action.

The complainants had accused them of instigating, planning and orchestrating the violence during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Anglo-Maratha War between the of Peshwa Bajirao II, which was conquered by a small force of the Company that comprised a large number of Dalits.

Earlier, the had summoned Ekbote on at least five occasions, but he appeared only once and then allegedly did not cooperate in the probe.

He had applied for in the Pune Sessions Court, which was rejected on January 22 and again dismissed by on February 2.

Thereafter, the issued an arrest warrant against Ekbote who moved the for interim which was granted, but only after the apex court rapped the for tardy progress in the investigations.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 16:22 IST
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