Bhima Koregaon raids: Activists’ to remain house arrest till Sep 12, says SC

Justice DY Chandrachud rips into the Pune police for casting apsersions on Supreme Court.

Bhima Koregaon raids: Activists’ to remain house arrest till Sep 12, says SC
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Hyderabad Police on Wednesday detained around a dozen activists after they staged a dharna at Ambedkar Junction in the city. The agitation was held after a team of Pune Police raided the house of Left ideologue Varavara Rao and his relatives on Tuesday. The 81-year-old activist who was arrested was later produced before the Nampally Court and taken to Pune on a transit remand. Meanwhile, the rights activists have criticized the arrests of activists and alleged that the Central government is trying to muzzle opposition voices. (Photo- Zabi)

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the house arrest of the five activists, who were allegedly involved in Bhima Koregaon violence, till September 12.

The five activists- Sudha Bhardwaj, P. Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves, were detained on August 28 by Maharashtra police, from various locations.

Justice DY Chandrachud rips into the Pune police for casting apsersions on Supreme Court.

The Apex Court, in an earlier order on August 29, had directed the Pune police to keep the activists under house arrest till September 5.

During the last hearing, the Maharashtra Government, in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, stated that they “were members of banned terrorist organization Communist Party of India (Maoist).”

The action by Maharashtra Police was taken in connection with the violence that erupted in Pune during an event which marked 200 years of the Bhima Koregaon battle, in January this year. The clashes killed one person and left several injured, including 10 policemen.