Pune: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested two activists of the Kabir Kala Manch – Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor – on charges of having links with the banned CPI-Maoist organisation and inciting a mob while participating in the Elgar Parishad.
Gorkhe and Gaichor were active members of the ‘Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyaan’, a body that had organised the Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwar Wada in Pune on December 31, 2017 ahead of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
The duo was among the 23 persons booked in the Elgar Parishad case by the Pune Police for their alleged links with banned CPI-Maoist organisation, under sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
On April 17, 2018 the Pune police had raided houses of KKM activists in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur simultaneously. Police had seized CDs, books and pen drives from Sagar Gorkhe’s house in Wakad. The case filed by Pune police includes Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor as accused. Gorkhe was required to report to the Wakad police station every Sunday. However, it is understood that he did not report to the police on Sunday (September 6).
The NIA took over the probe in the case in January this year. NIA has so far arrested 14 persons including Gorkhe and Gaichor in the Elgar Parishad case. The latest arrest was made in July after NIA took custody of Delhi University Professor Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil in this case. The agency had also summoned several others, including Gorkhe and Gaichor, for questioning at that time.
Prior to NIA taking over, the Pune police during the course of their investigation, had revealed that Elgaar Parishad was organised to mobilise various Dalit organisations and other organisations against the government through the Maoist front organisation KKM. The Thane unit of Anti-Terrorism Squad had said that Gorkhe, Gaichor and other KKM members had undergone arms training with Maoist cadres in the jungles of Gadchiroli.