Ekbote’s plea for home cooked food in prison junked by court

ST Correspondent
Monday, 26 March 2018

Pune: A special court on Monday rejected a plea by Milind Ekbote, main accused in the Koregaon-Bhima violence, in which he had said he should be allowed home cooked food and a separate barrack inside Yerwada Jail. 

Pune: A special court on Monday rejected a plea by Milind Ekbote, main accused in the Koregaon-Bhima violence, in which he had said he should be allowed home cooked food and a separate barrack inside Yerwada Jail. 

Jail officials submitted a report that there is no facility to check food in the jail and there are chances of food poisoning from outside food. They also pointed out adequate security provided to Ekbote. Ekbote (61), a resident of Shivajinagar, had submitted that he is suffering from health ailments and needs ‘good’ food every two hours. However, Judge Pralhad Bhagure rejected his plea.

A case has been registered against Ekbote, who is president of Samast Hindu Aghadi, and Sambhaji Bhide of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, for allegedly inciting violence that left a man dead, several others injured and property worth crores damaged in areas around Koregaon-Bhima, about 25 km from Pune, on Ahmednagar highway. 

Lakhs of people had gathered to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the famous battle between the 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 one Anita Sawale (30) of Kalewadi.

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