Pune: The situation in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad on Wednesday remained peaceful but tense. Except stone pelting at 16 places and damages to 50 buses and other vehicles, there was no violence.
The police resorted to mild lathicharge at few places to control groups of people who were trying to enforce the bandh or groups who were opposing the bandh, which received a good response in the city.
A total of 70 rallies were taken out in different parts of the city. Youths on bikes with their flags were seen raising slogans and asking shopkeepers to down shutters.
People had to suffer as petrol pumps were also closed. The police had put up barricades at several places and about 10,000 police personnel were deployed. Cops had also kept watch on the streets with the help of about 1,300 CCTV cameras.
Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla said, “We had deployed extra forces at sensitive places to avoid any untoward incident. Policemen and officers were on their toes and hence, the situation remained under control. We appeal to people not believe in rumours and we will take against those spreading them through social media.”
DCP (Zone 4) Deepak Sakore, under whose jurisdiction areas from Khadki to Hadapsar comes, told Sakal Times, “There has been peace barring few incidents of stone pelting on buses. Some groups in Chandan Nagar and Hadapsar tried to create ruckus, but we controlled the situation.”
The protestors had gathered at Dr Ambedkar Chowk in Pimpri. They had blocked the old Mumbai-Pune highway for several hours and also damaged a tempo in the grade separator. Some miscreants also damaged ATMs and windows of Pimpri railway station and some protestors also sat on the platform. About 1,400 police personnel including Crime Branch sleuths were deployed in Pimpri Chinchwad.
DCP (Zone 3) Ganesh Shinde said, “The alertness of police personnel helped in controlling the situation.”
Heavy bandobast outside Bapat’s house
After some groups tried to march towards the residence of Guardian Minister Girish Bapat in Shaniwar Peth, cops barricaded the area and only one way traffic was allowed. Also, cops had stopped several activists on the bridge near Omkareshwar Temple.
Cases against hundreds of miscreants
The Pune city police have registered several FIRs against hundreds of miscreants for indulging in stone pelting and unlawful assembly at various places on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Another complaint against Ekbote, Bhide
Social worker Sushma Dagdurao Andhare (35) on Wednesday lodged a complaint against Samast Hindu Aghadi President Milind Ekbote and Shiv Pratishthan President Sambhaji Bhide for allegedly inciting residents of Koregaon Bhima, who called for bandh on January 1 when lakhs of people had gathered to salute the Vijay Stambh. During the bandh, youths were incited and they pelted stones. Yerawada police station officials recorded her statement and sent it to Pune rural police for investigation.