Pune: The court has given 14 days judicial custody to the four persons arrested by Pune police for their alleged role in organising Elgar Parishad and their alleged links with banned outfit CPI (Maoist), on Thursday.
Those given judicial custody till July 4 are Delhi-based social activist Rona Wilson, Nagpur University professor Shoma Sen, Mumbai-based activist Sudhir Dhawale and Gadhciroli-based anti-mining and anti-displacement activist Mahesh Raut. Whereas Nagpur-based lawyer Surendra Gadling, who was previously in judicial custody was shifted to police custody on Tuesday and is going to be there till June 25.
Defence lawyer Shahid Akhtar said, “The prosecution informed the court that at present they want judicial custody for the accused persons but they do reserve their right for police custody in future. They said that they have sent electronic devices and equipment recovered from the accused to the forensic lab, some reports have come while some are still awaited. Once all the reports are out they will exercise their right of PCR.”
Akhtar further informed that defence has also made an application in court to provide a chair to Shoma Sen as she suffers pain in her joints while sitting on the floor and to continue the medicines of Mahesh Raut as per jail manual as he is suffering from solitary rectal ulcer syndrome.
It is significant to note that all five were arrested by the Pune police from Delhi, Mumbai and Nagpur on June 6. Police have accused them of organising Elgar Parishad which was held on December 31 at Shaniwarwada in order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Koregaon-Bhima battle between British and Peshwa forces. A day after Elgar Parishad, a large scale riot erupted at Koregaon-Bhima in which one person died and many were injured.
Pune police have also alleged that the arrested five have connections with CPI (Maoist) on the basis of some documents which were recovered from the computer of a Delhi-based activist. On the basis of letters, a section of media has declared the five persons as alleged plotters of an assassination to kill Prime Minister on the lines similar to the assassination of Rajeev Gandhi. Although the authenticity of letters is in question due to irregularities and its political overtone.