Police chief urges political parties to stage peaceful protests

Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta on Saturday held a meeting with the leaders of major political parties in the city and called on them to carry out agitations and protests peacefully so that the law and order situation in the city is not hindered.

Officials from BJP, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and other parties attended the meeting, which was called following recent clashes between political parties in the city .

Last Monday, a fight broke out between BJP and NCP workers during a book release event at Bal Gandharva Ranga Mandir, attended by Union Minister Smriti Irani.

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On Friday, heavy police forces were deployed in the same auditorium where NCP leader Sharad Pawar had come for a book publishing function. Last week, a group of NCP members allegedly slapped a BJP official for posting “defamatory information” against Pawar on social media.

Gupta called on political leaders and party members to hold protests peacefully and only in designated places. Police also called on party workers to avoid acts such as intercepting vehicles of rival political party leaders.

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