Police arrest 5 with alleged Naxal links in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence

Police arrest 5 with alleged Naxal links in connection with Bhima Koregaon violence
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PUNE: Five people allegedly having close Naxal connection, have been arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence

With the help of Delhi Police Special Cell, the Pune police nabbed human rights activist and Jawaharlal Nehru University alumnus Rona Jacob Wilson, from Delhi.

“We have been able to establish the money trail between these Naxal sympathisers and Naxals ahead of the Elgar Parishad in Pune on December 31, 2017. Offences were registered against some of these activists including Dhawale in January only for the violence that broke out in Bhima-Koregaon on 1 January that we believe their inflammatory speeches at the Elgar Parishad triggered. We have accumulated more evidence in the last few months and have a stronger case now,” the official said, reported Livemint.

A Delhi Court has sent Jacob to two-day transit remand. He will be produce before local court in Pune on June 8.

Earlier, three people detained from Mumbai, Nagpur, and Delhi, for spreading disputed pamphlets and delivering hate speech. Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale was arrested in Mumbai Wednesday morning in connection with the incident. Activists Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen and lawyer Surendra Gadling were arrested from Nagpur.

The 200th anniversary of Bhima-Koregaon battle took a violent turn this year when a youth died in clashes on during an event to mark the day.

The violence left one dead and several injured, including 10 policemen.

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