After the Supreme Court ordered five activists held in the Bhima-Koregaon violence under house arrest, the Maharashtra police clearly stated that the evidence collected so far clearly establishes links of the arrested activists with Maoist organisations.
The arrested activists include Prominent Telugu poet Varavara Rao, activists Vernon Gonzalves and Arun Ferreira, trade union activist Sudha Bhardwaj and civil liberties activist Gautam Navalakha.
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 said. In June this year, Wilson was arrested in Delhi in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence in Maharashtra in January.
Police have seized “thousands of letters” exchanged between the overground and the underground of Maoists.
“The letter which was 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 added that the letter also sought money for procuring grenade launchers.