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Velha, 16th January 2024: In a decisive move, the Velha police took action against illegal food vendors encroaching on space at Rajgad Fort on Sunday, January 15. Ranjeet Pathare, Assistant Police Inspector at Velha Police Station, shared details of the operation that spanned from 9:30 am until evening.

“Six food vendors were targeted during this operation as they were encroaching on space and causing obstructions for tourists visiting Rajgad Fort. Under Section 283 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), we have taken strict action against them, registering six cases,” stated Pathare.

Notices have been issued to the vendors, accompanied by firm instructions to refrain from reinstalling their businesses in the area.

Collaborating with the state archaeological department, Velha police conducted a raid to remove illegal vendors from Rajgad, a popular trekking destination located approximately 60 km from Pune city. The operation resulted in the confiscation of food, stoves, cooking gas cylinders, and other items. Notices had been sent to vendors prior, explicitly stating the prohibition of cooking or selling food on the fort premises. Authorities highlighted the environmental impact, citing litter, including non-biodegradable items, in the sensitive area.

Rajgad holds significant historical importance as the birthplace and final resting place of Rajaram I, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s son. Additionally, Shivaji Maharaj ruled from this fort. Perched at an altitude of approximately 4,514 feet above sea level, Rajgad Fort draws a substantial number of hikers and tourists, particularly on weekends. Authorities aim to preserve the historical site and maintain a clean and obstruction-free environment for visitors.