The Pune rural police on Wednesday detained Milind Ekbote, the accused in Bhima Koregaon violence that took place in Pune district on January 1 this year.The development comes after the Supreme Court dismissed the anticipatory bail application of EkboteViolence had erupted when thousands of Dalits were visiting a war memorial at Bhima Koregaon on January 1 this year. Some pro-Hindutva outfits had opposed the celebration of the 1818 battle at Bhima Koregaon.Pune police have registered a case against Ekbote and another leader, Sambhaji Bhide, for allegedly inciting the violence.The chief minister had denied Opposition’s allegation that the government didn’t act immediately against Milind Ekbote, chief of Samasta Hindu Ekta Aghadi, after the violence and allowed him to roam free. On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a withdrawal of all cases, except serious ones in the matter.Speaking in the Legislative Council, Fadnavis said that the loss of property worth Rs 13 crore during the violence will be compensated by the state government.”We will form a committee under Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) to assess serious offences that were committed during the episode,” he said.”This committee will submit recommendations to a cabinet sub-committee which will then decide whether the serious cases (too) should be withdrawn. The committee will submit its report in three months,” the chief minister said.”The government will not withdraw the cases against history-sheeters who took advantage of the situation and indulged in looting,” the chief minister said.”The police raided all hotels and lodges in Pune and Kolhapur in search of Ekbote. Combing operations were conducted, Ekbote’s followers were detained and more than 100 call records were examined to track down the accused. However, they failed to locate him,” Fadnavis said.
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