Police force has been deployed and section 144 imposed at the historic Lohagad Fort following protests by certain organisations against the intended Urs of Haji Hazrat Baba Umarshahwali on the premises on Thursday.
Pune Rural Police said the security cover was sought by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Located near Lonavala hill station in Maval taluka of Pune district, Lohagad Fort – a key hill fort of the Maratha empire – is a popular destination among tourists and trekkers.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday night, the Pune Rural Police said, “Lohagad Fort is a monument of historical importance and has been under care and protection of the ASI since 1909. An Urs of Haji Hazrat Baba Umarshahwali was intended to take place on the premises of the fort, which has been opposed by groups of followers of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Hindutva organisations. To ensure that no law and order situation arises at the fort, the ASI has sought police deployment on the premises.”
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