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Bhima-Koregaon violence: Right-wing leader Milind Ekbote held

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Hindu Milind Ekbote, one of the accused in the Bhima-violence case, was arrested by the rural police from here today, an said.

Ekbote was arrested soon after the turned down his anticipatory bail plea earlier in the day, the added.

"We arrested Ekbote from his residence here and he will be produced before the court tomorrow," a said.

Last month, while extending the right-wing leader's protection from arrest, the apex court had asked the rural police to submit a detailed report on the case and allowed them to question Ekbote.

Following directions from the court, Ekbote had appeared before the for questioning for five times.

Today, the police submitted a detailed report in the apex court and sought the "custodial interrogation" of Ekbote, while opposing his bail plea.

"The court accepted our demand for his custodial interrogation and rejected his bail application," the said.

Before submitting the report in the Supreme Court, a senior police had said, "In order to investigate the case properly, his custodial interrogation is required."

A case was registered against Ekbote and another Hindutva leader, Sambhaji Bhide, for allegedly inciting the anti-Dalit violence that left a man dead near the Bhima war memorial in the district on January 1 during an event to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-battle.

Subsequent protests had disrupted normal life in and other parts of

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 16:40 IST