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Koregaon caste riots: SC dismisses Ekbote's anticipatory bail plea

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday dismissed the plea of prominent leader Milind Ekbote, who is accused of instigating the Bhima-Koregaon caste violence of January 1.

A bench of Justice M.B. Lokur, Justice and Justice dismissed Ebote's plea after government objected to his plea saying he was the main person who instigated the mob that injured 177 persons in the incident.

Rejecting his plea, the bench remarked: "You are creating communal violence. What is this? You are spreading communal disharmony."

The government sought dismissal of Ekbote's plea, saying he has not been cooperating in the investigation by giving improbable or unscrupulous information which cannot be by any stretch of imagination relied upon.

On February 7, the apex court had granted Ekbote protection from arrest till February 20 and asked the to file its response on his plea. On the last date of hearing, the court had extended the interim protection till March 14.

A case was registered against Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, who head the Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan respectively, for allegedly inciting violence on January 1 that left a man dead near Bhima Koregaon.

They were accused of instigating, planning and orchestrating the violence during in which the of Peshwa Bajirao II, was defeated by a small force of the Company that comprised a large number of Dalits.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 20:36 IST