Pune: Ahead of the 202nd anniversary of the Koregaon Bhima battle on January 1, Pune Police have issued notices to over 160 people, including right wing leaders Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, an official said on Monday.
Ekbote was arrested in March 2018 for instigating and orchestrating violence on January 1 last year at Koregaon Bhima villagehere during the bicentenary celebrations of the battle of Koregaon Bhima.
Bhide was also booked and named in the FIR. "So far, we have issued notices to 163 people, including Bhide and Ekbote, and barred them from entering the district," Superintendent of Police Sandip Patil said.
The notices, as part of preventive action, have been issued to all those against whom cases have been filed in the violence, he said.
The district administration is making elaborate arrangements at 'Jay Stambh' (victory pillar) near Perne village, where lakhs of people congregate every year to offer tributes on the anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima.
Violence broke out during the bi-centenary celebrations of Koregaon Bhima battle on January 1, 2018 in which one person was killed.
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