PUNE: Fifteen persons have been arrested by Pune rural police in connection with violence in Chakan, about 30 km from here, on Monday during Maratha reservation agitation. The court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Pune, on Thursday, remanded them to police custody till August 8. Three minor boys have also been detained.
After arresting 13 accused on Thursday morning, police had kept them at Faraskhana lock-up, while others were arrested later. Around 4 pm, they were brought to the district court premises under heavy police bandobast.
“We have arrested the accused persons after they were caught in the act by CCTV cameras installed at shops and video shooting done by people during the violence,” said Police Inspector Santosh Girigosavi, in-charge of Chakan police station.
Assistant public prosecutors Hemant Mendki and Dnyaneshwar More argued for seven days custody. “They are involved in very serious offences and their custodial interrogation is required to find out if the violence was pre-planned, who are the masterminds and arrest other accused as well,” they argued.
A battery of lawyers from Pune Bar Association (PBA) represented the persons as PBA had earlier taken a stand that they will fight cases free of cost for accused arrested for Maratha reservation issue.
Adv Sameer Ghatge argued that most of them are students and not involved in the incident. Some of them have their own business, they have been falsely implicated in the case.
Adv Milind Pawar said, “The youths have been nabbed for being associated with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is in opposition against the BJP-led government. They are local residents while IG Vishwas Nangre-Patil has publicly said that those involved in violence were from outside.”
ACCUSED ALLEGE HARASSMENT
When CJM Satyasheela Katare asked if they have anything to say, most of the accused persons complained against police.
“We were nabbed around 1 am but not given food till now,” complained one of the accused.
“I was detained on Wednesday under the pretext that I will be let off after enquiry but I was arrested,” said another arrested youth.
Most of them complained that they were told about the video clip of their involvement, but videos have not been shown to them.
After hearing all concerned, the CJM remanded them to police custody till August 9. However, when pointed out that there is again a big rally for Maratha reservation on August 9, the CJM made the custody till August 8.
Later, while being escorted out of the court in police van some of the accused persons shouted slogans ‘Ek Maratha, Lakh Maratha’ and said that they were falsely implicated in the case.
WHAT IS THE CASE ALL ABOUT?
Police have registered cases against 4,000 to 5,000 persons. Besides Indian Penal Code sections related to rioting, unlawful, assault, damage to property, police have also invoked section Highways Act for blocking the highway traffic and National Green Tribunal (NGT) Act for burning tyres. In the FIR police have estimated the loss to property between Rs 8 crore and 10 crore.
THE ACCUSED IN THE INCIDENT BELONG TO DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES
- All the arrested 15 accused and three juveniles are resident of Khed taluka, from villages nearby Chakan. They are between 15 years and 28 years of age. They are from different communities such as Marathas, Ramoshi, Dangat, Gosavi and Muslim.
SPEECHES BEING ANALYSED
- Pune rural police officials said that they are analysing speeches of people following which the mob had turned violent at Talegaon Chowk in Chakan on Monday.