Police want more time to file chargesheet in Maoists case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Sep 2018 08:52:19




Fresh five arrests cited in the case The period of Maoists’ judicial custody of 90 days is coming to an end on September 3

THE Pune police moved a court here Saturday for extension of the 90-day-period for filing chargesheet against the five persons arrested in June for alleged Maoist links, citing fresh arrests in the case.

Police arrested Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut in June while probing the alleged Maoist connection to the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31 last year. Inflammatory speeches at the event led to violence at Koregaon Bhima near Pune next day, police had alleged.
“The period of their judicial custody of 90 days is coming to an end on September 3. With the fresh five arrests in the case, probe is still going on,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Pawar, the investigating officer.

On August 28, police arrested five more Left-wing activists: Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navalakha. Later, upon Supreme Court’s order, these five were put under house arrest. Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, which is invoked in the case, if the investigation is not completed within 90 days, the period can be extended up to 180 days, ACP Pawar said.

In ordinary cases, police have to file chargesheet within 90 days of arrest, otherwise the accused can get bail. “We approached the court today, saying investigation of the crime is in the progress and sought extension of 90 days for filing charge sheet,” the officer said. The application was made to special UAPA judge K D Vadhane, who will pass order on September 2, he said.



Police using bullets to ‘kill rats’, says Prakash Ambedkar


REFERRING to police allegations against the Left-wing activists arrested for ‘Maoist links’, Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar on Saturday said why bullets were being used when only an insecticide was needed to “kill rats”.

His comments come a day after Maharashtra Police revealed excerpts from letters allegedly hinting at a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Does the letter anywhere talk about killing the Prime Minister? It only spoke of a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-style (incident)’. But you added Prime Minister to it. Only a Tik-20 is needed to kill rats, not bullets,” Ambedkar told reporters.

A former MP and chief of Bahujan Mahasangh, Ambedkar is the grandson of Dr B R Ambedkar. At a press conference here on Friday, Additional Director General of Police Param Bir Singh had read out some letters purportedly exchanged between some of the accused. An e-mail between Rona Wilson, an activist arrested in June, and a Maoist leader, spoke of a “Rajiv Gandhi-type event to end Modi-raj”, Singh had 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-like incident,” Singh quoted the email as saying. The police have “conclusive proof” to link the arrested Left-wing activists to the Maoists, the ADG had said.