Pune: A special district court on Thursday remanded Milind Ekbote, the President of Samast Hindu Aghadi organisation, and main accused in the Koregaon-Bhima violence of January 1, to police custody till March 19.
After his anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, a team from Pune rural police had arrested him from his residence in Shivajinagar.
Police produced Ekbote amid heavy security in the court of special judge Prahlad Bhagure at the district court premises in Shivajinagar. District government pleader Ujjwala Pawar sought 14 days custody for investigation about conspiracy besides publishing of provocative pamphlets and getting his mobile calls details.
Ekbote's lawyer S K Jain opposed police custody demand. “Ekbote has been to the Shikrapur police station four times and police have got all the details. As he suffers from high sugar, he needs medical assistance. There should be minimum police custody”, Jain argued.
After hearing both sides, the judge remanded Ekbote in four days police custody.
A case has been registered against Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, for allegedly ‘inciting’ violence that left a man dead, several others injured and properties worth crores were damaged in areas around Koregaon-Bhima, about 25 km from Pune on the Ahmednagar highway.
Lakhs of people had gathered to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the famous battle between Peshwa army and the British forces at Koregaon-Bhima on January 1, when the violence took place.
The FIR was registered with Shikrapur police station under Pune rural police based on complaint from Anita Sawale (30) of Kalewadi.
Police have invoked various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.