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Pune court sends #UrbanMaoists to police custody

Pune, Oct 27 (IENews) The Pune court on Saturday sent urban maoists Vemon S Gonsalves and Arun T Ferreira to police custody till November 6 for their alleged involvement in the Koregaon- Bhima riot which took place here on January 1, this year.

This development came a day after the Special Judge of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Court, K.D. Vadane, passed a common order on Friday evening declining the bail applications of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gonsalves and Ferreira in the case filed against them by the Vishrambaug police station here.

Shortly after their bail pleas were rejected, Gonsalves was arrested from his Pune home and Ferreira from Thane. They were under ‘house arrest’ for almost two months, following Supreme Court directives. A police team has proceeded to Faridabad, Haryana to nab Bharadwaj and she is likely to be brought to Pune soon after completing relevant formalities. The duo, along with Bharadwaj and others, are accused in the Elgar Parishad of December 31, 2017, leading to the Koregaon-Bhima caste riots of January 1 this year.

In the remand plea, the Pune Police have said that Gonsalves and Ferreira were entrusted with recruitment through the Radical Students Union (RSU) on behalf of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and sending them to the guerrilla warfare zones. The police said they wanted to probe how many and who have been hired for these causes.

The police also need to investigate the sources of the funds and for what activities the monies were being used by the two accused for the CPI(Maoist), the illegal pursuits of the party. The remand application claimed that the police have unearthed a major conspiracy to overthrow the democratically elected Indian government with violence means and they wanted to probe this further deeply.

During the investigations into the Koregaon-Bhima riots, in August the Pune Police had raided and arrested five accused including Bharadwaj, Gonsalves, Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha (now released) and P. Varavara Rao (currently in house arrest in Hyderabad).

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