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Ajit Pawar and others pay tribute at the Koregaon Bhima war memorial

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Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and some other leaders paid tribute at the ‘Jay Stambh’ on Friday on the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima.

State Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh, Energy Minister Dr. Nitin Raut, were also among those paying tribute at the monument, located near Perne Village on Pune-Ahmednagar Road.

Prakash Ambedkar, President of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) also visited the Victory Pillar and paid tribute.

On the occasion, Pawar appealed to people not to visit the monument and instead pay tribute by staying inside in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lakhs of people congregate each year at the “Jay Stambh” 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 Confederacy.

However, due to this year’s Covid-19, the district administration and members of Bhima Koregaon Vijaystambh Shauryadin Samanvay Samiti had urged people to avoid coming to the monument and pay their respects by staying inside.

The district administration has already imposed section 144 of the CrPC, which restricts entry to outsiders from Perne and other adjacent villages. However, representatives of the teams and prominent personalities from the political and social spheres have been allowed to visit the monument and pay their respects.

On the 200th anniversary of the battle on January 1, 2018, violence broke out in and around the village, in which one person was killed and several others were injured.

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