Reinforced security in Koregaon Bhima on battle anniversary

KOREGAON BHIMA: Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Prakash Ambedkar paid tributes at the 'Jay Stambh' here on the 202 anniversary of the battle on Wednesday.

Thousands of people visit the town of Koregaon Bhima to offer tributes on the anniversary of the battle, which was fought on January 1, 1818 between the British East India Company and the Peshwa faction of the Maratha Confederation.

Speaking to reporters, Prakash Ambedkar said some people were planning riots during the event about which police were informed.

Some people were planning riots. Police have been informed about it, he said and added: The government has made good arrangements this time. Thank you.

A strong security deployment has been carried out to ensure that no adverse incidents occur during the event. Up to 10,000 police officers, more than 500 CCTV cameras and 15 drone cameras keep a strong eye on the event.

The Pune district administration has pressured 250 buses to transport visitors, while another 50 buses have been kept in reserve.

Pune DM Naval Kishor said the land was spread over 250 acres in 15 different parking spots, adding that high mast lights have been installed for adequate lighting.

We have tried to instill a sense of confidence about security in the surrounding villages. Water, toilet, medical assistance and other facilities have been made for visitors. We have taken into account all aspects and have handled the crowd very efficiently, said Kishor.

Violence broke out during the bicentennial celebrations of the battle of Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018, in which one person died and several others were injured.

Last week, police issued notices to 163 people, including defendants Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide to ban them from entering the district for allegedly instigating riots and attempting to kill at the 2018 event.