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Activists arrested in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence case

Five prominent human rights activists have been arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case, reported.

Five prominent human rights activists, have been arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence case, reported.

Civil rights activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves have been taken into custody while the houses of others are being searched across cities.

According to a report, houses of these prominent human rights activists, intellectuals and lawyers were raided in connection with their investigation into an alleged Maoist involvement in the Elgaar Parishad, an event that was held a day before the bicentennial of Bhima Koregaon, reported

According to the police, the speeches made at Elgaar Parishad incited the violence during the Bhima Koregaon event.

Raids were conducted at the homes of Human Rights Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, Human Rights Activist and Journalist Gautam Navlakha, Writer and Activist P Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, Activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai and Activist Stan Swamy in Ranchi.

According to a report, Sudha Bharadwaj has been taken into custody under section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), section 505 (Statements conducting to public mischief), section 117 (Abetting commission of offence by the public or by more than ten persons) and section 120 of IPC.

Report said that the police claimed that the names of these activists had emerged during the interrogation of the activists arrested in June.

On 6 June, Professor Shoma Sen, advocate Surendra Gadling, cultural activist Sudhir Dhawale, human rights activist Rona Wilson, and anti-displacement activist Mahesh Raut were arrested from different locations in Nagpur, Bombay and Delhi by the Maharashtra Police.

The five were arrested under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for inciting violence and communal enmity, leading to the Bhima Koregaon protests and violence in January 2018.

These five people who were arrested then were prominent Dalit rights activists who had taken several anti-establishment stances in the past.

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