Pune police on Tuesday conducted raid at the house of prominent human right activist and Journalist Gautam Navlakha in connection with the organisation of Elgaar Parishad in Pune on December 31, 2017 and its alleged Maoist links, Indian express reported.
The report quoting officials said that the searches were being conducted at the houses of persons whose names had emerged in the investigation of five persons who had been arrested in June.
Police have claimed that the speeches made at the Elgaar Parishad had led to the caste violence during the bicentennial celebration of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon near Pune, on January 1.
A senior officer from Pune confirmed that the searches were being conducted at the residential premises of human rights activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, writer and activist Varvara Rao in Hyderabad, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Pareira in Mumbai and civil rights lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj in Delhi.
In June, Pune police had arrested five persons including Elgaar Parishad organiser Sudhir Dhawale, who is leader of Mumbai-based Republican Panthers Jati Antachi Chalwal, Delhi-based activist Rona Wilson of Committee for Release of Political Prisoners, Nagpur based lawyer Surendra Gadling of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut, a former Prime Minister’s Rural Development (PMRD) Fellow. Police have invoked provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the case.
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