PUNE/PIMPRI: After the judgement in the Ayodhya land dispute case by the Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday, the business in the city was as usual during the evening.
However, earlier in the day, most markets were deserted. Police officials said that no untoward incident was reported in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
Mahesh Kelkar, who runs a coffee shop on Fergusson College (FC) Road, said, “There were no customers at my shop in the morning, but it was mostly due to holidays in colleges, I believe. But as usual, we did not face any loss in business today.”
In the markets and Peth areas in central Pune, there were very few people on the roads till the afternoon.
“Considering the sensitivity attached to the case, we remained indoors and watched the judgement-related news on television. We did not go out of the house till evening when it seemed that everything was normal,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, a banker from Narayan Peth.
Santosh Jha, who runs a grocery shop in Model Colony, added, “Usually, customers come early morning at around 9 am to buy grocery items, however, it seems that people deliberately did not come out today morning. The number of customers increased in the afternoon.”
Pune police officials said that there were about 9,000 police personnel on duty at major chowks,
religious places as well as at offices of important organisations.
Leaves of all police personnel had been cancelled and the cops were planning the bandobast duty from last 10 days.
On Saturday, some organisations and people had planned religious programmes related to the judgement, however, the cops intervened and asked them not to do so.
Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham said, “There was no untoward incident. There was adequate police bandobast in the city and we had also kept a watch on social media.”
“In Pimpri-Chinchwad, the situation also remained peaceful. The police had taken over 1,100 persons in preventive detention. We had intensified patrolling and kept a strict watch on anti-social elements. The things remained peaceful here”, said Pimpri-Chinchwad Police Commissioner Sandeep Bishnoi.