Mumbai: Just like last 200 years, this year too, the members from the Dalit community and also the Ambedkar followers will be visiting Koregaon-Bhima at Pune to pay homage to the Vijay Sthamb (Victory Pillar). This comes after the Bombay High Court recently granted permission to the Maharashtra government to make proper arrangements for the public at large to visit the place.
Last year, when lakhs of citizens visited this place to pay their homage, riots and violence took place at the spot between two factions, wherein a youngster was killed. The violence that took place between the Dalits and right wing groups spread across Maharashtra within days resulting in large scale destruction of public property.
December 2018 would be the first year after that incident that citizens will be visiting the place to pay homage. Accordingly, the government through the collector of Pune moved a civil application seeking permission to enter into the said place and make arrangements for the public at large to visit and pay their homage to the victory pillar.
Allowing the application, a bench of Justice BP Colabawalla said, “The government is permitted to enter upon the said land from December 22 to make necessary arrangements so as to allow the public at large to visit the Victory Pillar from December 30 to January 2, 2019.” “Once this period expires, the government is directed to restore the land and hand it over back by January 12, 2019,”Justice Colabawalla said.