The Pune police, today conducted multiple raids across five states and arrested several activists including P Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Sudha Bhardwaj and her daughter Anu Bhardwaj for their suspected Maoist link. The raids were conducted at eight locations in Maharashtra, Goa, Telangana, Delhi and Jharkhand.
These raids were conducted in connection with the police teams explosive claims that in June they had seized crucial documents unearthing a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi type” attack. They were probing into Elgaar Parishad triggered Bhima-Koregaon violence.
Raids were conducted at the residence of Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, also some of his relatives houses, before his arrest. Gautam Navlakha was arrested from Delhi and was produced before Saket court. He would be taken into custody by Maharashtra police. Police have seized bag, laptop and certain documents from the house of Gautam Navlakha.
Renowned Human Rights activist and lawyer Sudha Bhardawaj was picked up from Faridabad and produced before a local court by a team of Maharashtra police. The court granted transit remand to police to take Sudha Bhardwaj to Maharashtra. Her Badarpur residence in Delhi had been raided. Her daughter, Anu Bhardwaj was also taken into custody.
Activist Vernon Gonsalves was arrested from Mumbai and Stan Swamy from Ranchi in Jharkhand. Civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde residence in Goa was also searched but Teltumbde was not in Goa. All accused who have been granted remand by court will be taken to Pune.
Police teams probing into Elgaar Parishad triggered Bhima-Koregaon violence claimed in June that they have seized crucial documents unearthing a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a “Rajiv Gandhi-type” attack.
Police claiming that when they arrested Naxalite sympathisers, recovered a letter from one of the arrested suspects in which Varavara Rao was allegedly complimented him on success of attacks launched in Surjagad in Gadchiroli by Naxalites.