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Bhima Koregaon: Cong, NCP question delay in Ekbote's arrest

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Opposition and today lambasted the government and the police department for the "delay" in the arrest of right-wing leader Milind Ekbote in connection with Bhima violence.

Both the parties raised question marks over the functioning of the police department in this case.

Ekbote, a Hindu and one of the accused in the Bhima-violence case, was arrested by the rural police earlier today, soon after the Supreme Court turned down his anticipatory bail plea.

"There is no bravery in arresting Ekbote as he was in for a long time. He had issued a video clip...he was very much in Pune, but police did nothing. He was arrested today, because the SC rejected his bail," MLC Bhai Jagtap said.

"It raises question marks over why the police took so long (to arrest him) and who were calling the shots," he said.

Jitendra Awhad, MLA from Mumbra in Thane, said, "It is a conspiracy and Ekbote was given a free hand to take every measure to avoid his arrest. The home department is headed by CM Fadnavis. It raises questions about his department."

"The way people like Ekbote and (another pro-Hindutva leader) Sambhaji Bhide were roaming free...they were interviewed by channels. Why didn't the police step in and arrest them," he asked.

"It is highly suspicious the way time was wasted in the arrest of Ekbote," the alleged.

Bhide and Ekbote are accused of inciting violence on January 1 this year during an event to commemorate the bicentenary of battle of Bhima-in district.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 17:15 IST