Bhima Koregaon case: SC extends house arrest of activists till September 17

The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the house arrest for the five activists, accused of maoist links, till September 17. The hearing will resume on the same date. A three-judge bench of the Apex Court headed by Chief Justice, Dipak Misra agreed to hear other pleas from other people who were arrested in June this year.

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The police cited evidence from the computers, laptops, pen drives and memory cards of the activists. The material “was shocking and clearly implicating” and revealed the activists not only as active members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) but also a sinister design to destabilise the society.

“The contents also clearly reflect the preparation, planning and coordination to carry out a violence, planned rebellion against the ‘enemy’ (which is our country and its security forces),” the police told the court.

The Maharashtra government, in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, had stated that the activists were ‘members of banned terrorist organisation- Communist Party of India (Maoist)’.

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The five activists- Sudha Bhardwaj, P. Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves- were detained on August 28 from various cities for their alleged involvement in the violence that erupted in Pune in January this year during an event organised to mark 200 years of the Bhima Koregaon battle.


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