Lakhs of devotees, neo-Buddhists, members of Ambedkarite outfits, politicians, college students and different guests are anticipated to congregate close to the ransthamb or victory pillar in Bhima-Koregaon village for the 202nd anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle of 1818 on New Yr’s Day on Wednesday.
With the January 1, 2018, clashes casting a shadow over the festivities, the Pune Rural Police and district administration are taking no possibilities and are holding a good vigil over Perne, Vadhu Budruk, Sanaswadi and different villages within the neighborhood of Bhima-Koregaon, which had been witness to the clashes.
In line with authorities, greater than 5,000 policemen, moreover contingents of State Reserve Police Power and House Guards, will regulate the crowds gathering close to the obelisk.
Fb pages with probably inflammatory materials have been deleted, whereas the district administration has discouraged protests pertaining to the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) and the Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC) on the venue.
As an additional precautionary measure, the police will droop web providers within the rapid neighborhood of the Bhima-Koregaon ransthamb, erected on the web site of the 1818 battle, to stop the unfold of rumours. “It is not about suppressing [anti-CAA-NRC] protests, but we are anxious to see the festivities are conducted without any incidents. The event is about paying homage to the martyrs of the historic Bhima-Koregaon battle and we do not want boards pertaining to other issues being raised at the spot, which might cause trouble,” mentioned Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram.
Superintendent of Police (Rural) Sandip Patil mentioned notices had been despatched to all gram panchayats close to Bhima-Koregaon saying they need to not put up banners or hoardings with probably offensive political or historic content material.
“Those who attempt to install such hoardings will face strict action. The police are closely monitoring social media and stern action will be taken against those uploading content deliberately calculated to disturb the peace. I appeal to people not to believe in rumours floating on social media,” mentioned Mr. Patil.
As a precautionary measure, the authorities have issued notices to directors of 250 WhatsApp teams, warning them of extreme motion if any socially divisive or inflammatory content material is posted on their respective teams. Fifteen Fb pages have been deleted whereas police have eliminated greater than 25 TikTok movies of a probably offensive nature. Greater than 700 individuals have been detained in areas beneath the Shikrapur and Lonikund police stations, mentioned a supply.
The Pune Rural Police had already issued prohibitory orders beneath Sections 144, 107, 110 and extra of the Prison Process Code towards Hindutva leaders Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide — whose names figured prominently within the January 1, 2018, clashes — and 150 others, directing them to not enter Bhima-Koregaon and adjoining villages forward of the anniversary celebrations.
Site visitors alongside the Ahmednagar-Pune freeway can be diverted from midnight on Tuesday to midnight on January 1, Mr. Patil mentioned.