Arrested activist aimed at ‘Rajiv-like’ event to end ‘Modi-raj’, claim police

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2018 09:05:15




POLICE on Friday claimed they have ‘conclusive proof” to link Left-wing activists arrested in June and this week to Maoists, saying one of them spoke of a “Rajiv Gandhi-type event to end Modi-raj”. An email between Rona Wilson, one of the arrested activists, and a Maoist leader, speaks of ending “Modi-raj” with a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type incident’, Additional Director General (law and order) Parambir Singh told reporters here. Wilson was arrested in Delhi in June in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence in Maharashtra in January. Police have seized “thousands of letters” exchanged between the overground and underground of Maoists, he said.

Pune police had on August 28 raided the homes of prominent Left-wing activists in several States and arrested five of them - Varavara Rao in Hyderabad, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad and Gautam Navalakha in Delhi. The raids were carried out as part of a probe into the Elgaar Parishad conclave in Pune on December 31 last year, which allegedly triggered violence at Bhima-Koregaon in the district the next day. The Supreme Court has ordered that the five should be kept under house arrest till September 6.

In June, Pune police had arrested Sudhir Dhawale from Mumbai, activist Rona Wilson from Delhi and lawyer Surendra Gadling, professor Shoma Sen and Adivasi rights activist Mahesh Raut from Nagpur. “The letter written by Rona to Maoist leader “Comrade Prakash” said: We have received your last letter regarding current situation here. Arun (Ferreira), Vernon (Gonsalves) and others are equally concerned about the urban front struggle,” he said. The letter also spoke of requirement of Rs 8 crore for supply of rifles, grenade launchers and four lakh rounds (of ammunition),” he said. The letter asked Prakash to convey his decision, Singh said. “Comrade Kishen and a few other comrades have proposed concrete steps to end the Modi raj. We are thinking along the lines of another Rajiv Gandhi (assassination)-like incident,” Singh quoted the letter as saying. Some of the letters exchanged between the arrested activists spoke of planning “some big action” which would attract attention, Singh said.

Delhi University professor G N Saibaba was arrested in 2014 on basis of similar evidence, including letters, he said. “Police only moved to take action against these people (activists) when we were confident that clear links have been established between these overground activists and underground Maoists,” Singh said. “The evidence in our possession clearly establishes their links with Maoists, he said. Information obtained after seizure of such letters and other items shows the involvement of “overground” Maoist cadres in planning subversive acts, he said. The central committee of Maoists communicated with these activists through password protected messages sent via courier, he said.

After the Elgaar Parishad at Pune on December 31, a case was registered by police on January 8 about the event where hate speeches were delivered, he said. Most of them (who allegedly delivered the hate speeches) were associated with Kabir Kala Manch, he said. “Our investigation revealed that a big conspiracy was being plotted by Maoist organisations and the accused were helping them to take their goals forward,” Singh said.

On April 17, raids were conducted at six places, based on the information available, he said. The raids were videographed and there was proper “panchnama”, he added.On May 17, sections under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were evoked against the activists, he said. Meanwhile, activists from Dalit and socialist organisations held a protest rally outside the suburban District Collectors office in Mumbai on Friday, demanding the release of writer Sudhir Dhawale and four other activists arrested by Pune police in June. Activists from these organisations held simultaneous rallies in Pune, Nagpur and Gadchiroli districts, to protest the polices claims that the five people arrested are top urban Maoists who incited the Koregaon-Bhima violence.


Gadling’s wife moves SC against his arrest



Lawyer Surendra Gadling was arrested on June 6 along with Head of English Department of Nagpur University Shoma Sen, Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, activist Mahesh Raut and Kerala native Rona Wilson in Bhima-Koregaon violence. THE wife of a lawyer arrested in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence incident in Maharashtra moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking to intervene in a petition filed by noted historian Romila Thapar and others against the recent arrest of Left-wing activists by the Maharashtra Police for suspected links with Maoists.

The petition was filed by Minal Gadling, wife of lawyer Surendra Gadling, who was arrested on June 6 along with Head of English Department of Nagpur University Shoma Sen, Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, activist Mahesh Raut and Kerala native Rona Wilson. The Pune Police had arrested them for allegedly having close links with Maoists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). An FIR was registered under the Act in January and conspiracy charges were added in March.

Minal Gadling, in her petition, claimed that all the arrested five, including her husband, have been in a false and mala fide way implicated in the case even when there was no involvement on their part in any such activity.“It is stated that all the five persons hold significant position in the society and have dedicated their lives for fighting social injustices. They are being targeted in this case for being voice of dissent, and for taking up battles against forces perpetrating injustice,” the plea said.

Minal Gadling alleged that her husband was harassed inside the jail and as a result he had to be admitted to a hospital. She claimed the medical reports were not handed over to her.She also alleged that the prison authorities were not giving him any books to read nor allowing him to carry any law books which were allowed by the court.