Pune: The district and sessions court on Tuesday issued arrest warrant against Milind Ekbote, president of Samast Hindu Aghadi organization, who is absconding in the Koregaon-Bhima violence case.
An FIR against Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide Guruji of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, is registered with Shikrapur police station under Pune rural police.
“We have formed special team and are making all efforts to arrest Ekbote”, a press release from rural police stated.
Few days back, the district court as well as the Bombay High court had rejected Ekbote's pre-arrest bail application. He has been underground since the day after the violence on January 1. He had given press release and video message to media stating that he is not involved.
“Samasta Hindu Aghadi organization dedicated for purely social cause. I was under protection of police guard and I am not involved in any offence. The report is very vague. The complainant has given interview to a newspaper, where she stated that she has not seen me. I am an engineer and have spent the life for social service. If arrested, my image will be maligned in society”, Ekbote had submitted to the court.
Based on a complaint filed by 39-year-old Anita Sawale of Kalewadi, Pimpri police station, on January 2, had registered zero FIR against Ekbote and Bhide. She alleged that the duo had incited people who had attacked those who had gathered at the Vijay Stambh in Koregaon-Bhima to celebrate 200 years of the famous battle there.
Police have charged them for offences under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc), 435 (mischief by destroying or moving, etc, a landmark fixed by public authority mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage), of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Arms Act and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocity) Act.
Later, the FIR was transferred to Shikrapur police station under Pune rural police for further investigation, as Koregaon-Bhima falls under their jurisdiction.