One of the tallest leaders in Maharashtra , NCP chief Sharad Pawar , has squarely blamed the administration for the violence during an event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregoan battle in Pune district and demanded a probe into the incident.
Appealing for peace, the Maratha stalwart Pawar said such situations need to be defused patiently by those in political and social spheres without any provocative speeches being made.
The event to mark 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, in which forces of the East India Company defeated Peshwa’s army, was yesterday marred by incidents of violence, in which one person was killed.
Pawar tweeted that “the violence was not right”.
“Since the administration did not take precautions, rumours and misunderstanding spread. A youth in Nanded died unfortunately. People from political and social field should defuse the situation harmoniously and patiently without making provocative speeches,” the former Union minister appealed.
Pawar noted that locals in Vadhu village said that right-wing groups in Pune were making proactive speeches against the event three to four days prior to it.
Earlier, Pawar told reporters that every year people converge at the place and never before any violence has taken place.
This year, being the 200th anniversary, more people were expected, he added. Pawar also demanded that the government should probe this incident.
Incidents of stone-pelting and vandalism occurred at Bhima Koregaon in Shiroor tehsil when people were heading for the war memorial in the village.