Pune cops arrest Adv Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut from city in Bhima-Koregaon case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jun 2018 10:15:30

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The suspected Maoists were allegedly involved in inciting communal violence during bicentenary of the historic Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune in January

PUNE Police on Wednesday arrested suspected members of the banned Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoist) -- lawyer Adv Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, a professor of English, and Mahesh Raut, a former Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow and Tribal activist -- from the city for their alleged involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon violence.
They were arrested in connection with the Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31 that allegedly had led to the violence on January 1 this year during the 200th year celebrations of the Battle of Bhima-Koregaon.

Pune Police also arrested Elgaar Parishad organiser Sudhir Dhawale, leader of Republican Panthers Jati Antachi Chalwal from Mumbai, Delhi-based Rona Wilson of Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) in this connection.

The event was organised to commemorate the bicentenary celebrations of the historical battle of Bhima-Koregaon in which British East India Company army defeated Peshwa-led Maratha forces in Pune. During the Elgaar Parishad allegedly incited communal clashes between two groups.
General Secretary of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) and a known Maoist sympathiser, Adv Gadling had also organised a march from Khairlanji in Bhandara district to Pune during the period.

Adv Gadling was allegedly involved in provoking communal rivalry between various groups that led to riots during the bicentenary celebrations.

Three teams of Pune Police led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Gadhwe arrived in city last night. With the assistance of Nagpur City Police, the teams took Adv Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut into custody. Two teams were conducting searches at the Bharat Nagar residence of Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut in East Nagpur. Cops seized several incriminating documents, hard disks, and pen drives. Cops picked up Adv Gadling early morning from his house in Jaripatka.

Shoma Sen’s husband Tusharkanti Bhattacharya, a Central Committee member of CPI (Maoist), was arrested in Patna a few years ago. He was also arrested by Gujarat Police in August last year and was released on bail. Shoma and Tusharkanti were close aides of Delhi University Professor and Naxal ideologue G N Saibaba, who was arrested in May 2014, convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment by a Gadchiroli court. Shoma’s area of movement included Nagpur, Mumbai, Wardha, Pune, Delhi, Gurgaon, Surat, Bihar, Ghaziabad and Hyderabad. She was associated with Vidyarthi Pragathi Sanghatana, Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Stree Chetana Manch, Awhan Natya Manch, Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR), Maharashtra Kamgar Union, Committee Against Violence on Women and Republican Panther. Shoma was earlier booked under the Bombay Police Act by Sitabuldi Police. Similarly, Dhantoli Police had also booked for an offence Sections 147, 148, 149, 353, 337, 427, 335, 336 of the IPC in the past.
Adv Gadling’s area of operation included Nagpur, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur, Mumbai, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.

Adv Gadling was also associated with Naujawan Bharat Sabha, CPDR, Awhan Natya Manch,and Kabir Kala Manch.
Adv Gadling was also earlier booked by Sadar, Dhantoli, Sitabuldi and Chandrapur Police under Sections Section 124 (d) and 505 of the IPC.

Mahesh Raut, who recently shifted to Nagpur, was allegedly a major link between the Naxalite dalams operating in forest areas and urban ourfits of the Maoists.
Brother-in-law of Adv Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale was also a Dalit activist and Editor of Marathi magazine ‘Vidrohi.’ The magazine was started by Republican Panthers Jatiantachi Chawal to provide political platform for the Dalits.
A native of Jaripatka, Nagpur Dhawale was active in organising the Elgaar Parishad in Pune.
Offences were registered against Dhawale at Pachpaoli, Ajni, Kamptee, Ganeshpeth, Sitabuldi and Dhantoli Police Stations.
Earlier, he was arrested by Gondia Police under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and later was acquitted by the court.

Dhawla was active in students’ movement in PWS College, Kamptee Road and was an office-bearer in Vidyarthi Pragathi Sanghatana.
Pune Police officers produced Adv Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut before the court and obtained transit remand to take them to Pune.

Ravindra Kadam, Joint Commissioner of Police, Pune, told ‘The Hitavada’ over telephone that the action was taken on the basis of ‘conclusive evidence’ the police had gathered about the Maoist links of Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Adv Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, and Mahesh Raut. The documents seized in the recent past also hinted at Maoist connection with Bhima-Koregaon riots that had rocked the State in January this year.


IAPL, others condemn arrests
Indian Association of Peoples Lawyers (IAPL) and other organisations including Democratic Advocates Association for Constitutional Action (DAACA), Sangharsh Wahini Bhatke Vimukt Sangharsh Parishad (SWBVSP) condemned the arrests of Adv Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson, and Sudhir Dhawale and demanded their release.

Addressing a press conference at Ravi Bhavan here on Wednesday evening, activists namely Ratinath Misha, Adv Anil Kale, Adv Sanjay Patil and others alleged that State Government was arresting the people associated with Elgar Parishad and accusing them of having Maoist links.

“This is being done to shield Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote. These arrests are in the face of the mass demand of several political parties and human rights organisations and activists and Prerna Abhiyan in particular to arrest Bhide and Ekbote, who were responsible for the violence at Bhima-Koregaon,” stated a press release.

Dinanath Waghmare of SWBVSP, Wahid Shekh of BKSPA, S P Tekade of IAPL, Adv Jagadish Meshram and Adv Vikrant Narnaware, both juniors of Adv Gadling, also were present at the press conference.