Cops to conduct probe at Press Club of India

Mubarak Ansari
Monday, 2 July 2018

A police officer from Pune city police, on Saturday, visited the Press Club of India in New Delhi in connection with the inquiry related to Maoist links over Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwarwada on December 31.

Pune: A police officer from Pune city police, on Saturday, visited the Press Club of India in New Delhi in connection with the inquiry related to Maoist links over Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwarwada on December 31.

Officials said that PSI GR Sonawane was sent there to verify ‘certain information’ after some documents were recovered from arrested activist Rona Wilson from Delhi. Sonawane made enquiries about a meeting held on April 20 at the Club by some academics and AS Vasantha, the wife of Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, who has been convicted for being a member of banned Maoist organisation. 

According to the Club officials, the meeting hall at the Club was booked by a journalist from a Delhi-based publication. The journalist is not reachable since Saturday night after he proceeded on leave from office.

Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam said, “We wanted to know the details of the meeting, who had organised it, etc. We have not arrested anybody yet.”

In the Elgaar Parishad case, Pune police have arrested Saibaba’s counsel Surendra Gadling; senior Dalit rights activist Sudhir Dhawale, who is also editor of bi-monthly magazine Vidrohi; Mahesh Raut, an alumnus from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and former Prime Minister Rural Development fellow; Delhi-based social activist Rona Wilson; and Shoma Sen, an associate professor from Nagpur University. Some of them had addressed the Delhi press conference.

Police believe that Maoists had supported the Elgaar Parishad. A day after the Parishad, there was violence at Koregaon-Bhima where lakhs of people had gathered to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the famous battle. One person had lost his life, while properties worth crores were damaged.

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