Accused Milind Ekbote was booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act following a complaint lodged by Anita Savale, a Dalit woman. Another Hindutva leader, Sambhaji Bhide, was a co-accused in the FIR.
Referring to the arrests of activists in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case, Azad said, “Those raising voices for their rights are being branded Maoists and terrorists in this rule. Even I am a victim of this.”
“We respect the decision of the HC. It was possible for us to hold public meetings in Pune even without permission. But we believe in the Constitution and so, we are not holding any public meetings... ,” Azad told mediapersons in Pune on Monday.
On January 1 this year, widespread violence had erupted in the area which left one person dead and several others were injured. Several incidents of clashes between Maratha and Dalit groups were also reported on that day.
The Jaystambh was erected by the British government to remember the valour of soldiers who were part of the British Army and fought against the Peshwas in the Battle of Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 1818.
On January 1 this year, which happened to be the 200th anniversary of the battle, several incidents of violence had taken place in and around Pune, in which one person had died and many others, including a few policemen, left injured.
Earlier this month, the state government, through the Pune district collector, had moved a civil application before the HC, seeking permission to allow people to enter the disputed land from December 30 to January 2.