Bhima Koregaon violence: Milind Ekbote gets bail

Milind Ekbote

New Delhi, April 19: The Pune Session court granted bail to Key accused in Bhima Koregaon violence, Milind Ekbote on a bond of Rs. 25,000.

Hindutva leader Ekbote was nabbed by the Maharashtra Police on March 14 this year, after the Supreme Court rejected his anticipatory bail plea.

His arrest was in the wake of two FIRs filed by Dalit activists Sushma Andhare and Anita Salve against Ekbote and another rightist leader from Sangli, Sambhaji Bhide alias Guruji.

The FIRs, lodged with the Pune city police in early January, was later transferred to the Pune Rural police for the probe into the matter and further action.

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

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

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

Following this, the Pune court issued an arrest warrant against Ekbote who approached the Apex Court for interim bail which was granted, but only after the Supreme Court rapped the state government for tardy progress in the probe.

Ekbote was facing charges of inciting violence, attempt to murder and atrocities against Dalits in the Koregaon Bhima violence that triggered in Pune on January 1 and claiming one life and several others injured including 10 police.


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