Bhima-Koregaon violence: SC grants protection from arrest to prime accused Milind Ekbote

On January 1, violence broke out at Maharashtra’s Bhima-Koregaon area in which one person was killed during celebrations to mark the bicentenary of a British-era war.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2018 19:33 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Milind Ekbote is a former corporator from Pune who unsuccessfully contested the 2014 assembly election.(HT Photo)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday protected Milind Ekbote, the prime accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence in Maharashtra, from arrest.

The violence on January 1 had left one person dead.

A bench headed by Justice Kurian Joseph granted Ekbote interim protection from arrest till February 20 in the case.

The apex court has sought a response from the Maharashtra government on his plea for anticipatory bail. It has also asked the state to apprise it of the law and order situation.

It said that in the event of Ekbote’s arrest, he should be released on bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 1 lakh.

According to the police, a court in Pune on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against Ekbote, who was booked for allegedly inciting violence on January 1 during an event to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle.

A case was registered against Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, who head the Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan respectively, for allegedly “inciting” violence that left a man dead near Bhima Koregaon on January 1.

Subsequent protests had disrupted normal life in Mumbai.

The Bombay high court had on February 2 rejected Ekbote’s anticipatory bail plea. Before that, a Pune court had also rejected his similar plea.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 19:33 IST