Maha BJP MLC's booked for bid to unveil Ahilya Devi statue

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(Eds: Updating) Mumbai/Pune, Feb 12 (PTI) BJP MLC Gopichand Padalkar's attempt to unveil the statue of Ahilya Devi Holkar in Pune's Jejuri town on Friday ahead of a formal event was foiled by Pune rural police which later in the evening booked him and 60 supporters, an official said.

A Jejuri police station official said Padalkar and 60 others were booked under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty ), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty ) and others of the IPC.

Officials said a policeman was injured in the melee created by Padalkar and his supporters.

Padalkar tried to inaugurate the statue installed by Jejuri Devsthan (temple trust), at the hands of some shepherds, they said.

Maharashtra Minister Anil Deshmukh said NCP chief Sharad Pawar would unveil the statue officially on Saturday at around 4:30pm.

Meanwhile, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who defeated Padalkar by a record margin in the 2019 Assembly polls, brushed aside requests for a comment on the incident saying it was not worth talking about someone who could not even save his deposit despite fight on the ticket of a national party. PTI ENM SPK NP BNM BNM