Munde prevented from going to riot-hit Sangli-Miraj



Pune/Mumbai: Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde was on Monday night detained, for the second time in a day, at the hill station of Lonavala when he was proceeding to violence-hit Sangli-Miraj, party leaders said.

Earlier in the day, the former state home minister was not allowed by authorities to board a flight to Sangli, western Maharashtra, when he went to Mumbai airport.

He then proceeded to Pune en route Sangli by road, but was stopped by police at Lonavala, about 65 km from Pune, they said, adding the BJP leader was currently put at a hotel resort.

Police cane-charged BJP workers at Mumbai airport when they were demonstrating against denial of permission to the party General Secretary to visit Sangli district via Kolhapur.

BJP activists resorted to 'rasta-roko' on Mumbai-Pune highway following Munde's detention.

The Lonavala police, when contacted, however said they had no information on Munde's detention.

Munde later spoke from Lonavala on telephone and said he had been detained by police, who had asked him not to proceed to Miraj-Sangli in view of the prohibitory order in force in that region.

Communal clashes had broken out at Miraj town and then at Sangli city last week and they continued to be under curfew since Saturday night.

Bureau Report