Pune: Additional Collector Ramesh Kale on Tuesday said that there were enough number of police officials deployed in Koregaon-Bhima to handle the situation. As per the report submitted by the collector's office to the government, over 800 police officials, including Superintendent of Rural Police Suvez Haque were present to handle the situation.
"Over four to five lakh people were present for the celebration of 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon-Bhima and the clash between the two groups started at 11.30 am in Vadu. At noon, there were clashes in Koregaon-Bhima too, and the situation was brought under control by evening. Over 130 vehicles, including four-wheelers, two-wheelers and other vehicles were set on fire by the mob. Two teargas shells were used by police officials to control the mob," added Kale, who did not have the figure of the number of shops and homes set on fire.
Kale said the tehsildars of Shirur and Haveli taluka are taking care of the safety of people. "Stranded and missing persons have been tracked by respective tehsildars. Around 33 stranded women from Nagpur were sent to Nagpur via train," added Kale.
He said they are in touch with all police officials and the government to maintain law and order in the district. "On Tuesday, there was rasta roko at Indapur, Bawda and Athurne village. We appeal to people to maintain peace in their area,"
Collector Saurabh Rao has issued orders not to hold the weekly market in Koregaon-Bhima, which happens every Thursday.
Speaking on the bandh in Maharashtra on Wednesday, Kale said there is no government holiday and police officials have been asked to be on their toes.
On account of the Maharashtra Bandh called by Dalit groups in the State, many schools across Pune have sent out messages to parents, declaring a school holiday on Wednesday. Some have cautioned parents to send their children to school on their own responsibility. School transport operators in many areas have decided not to ferry children to schools in order to avoid the risk.