Ranchi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Friday filed a charge sheet against eight persons for their alleged involvement in inciting a mob to violence in Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018.Also Read - Rival NCP Factions Faceoff in Aurangabad Even as Party Bickers With Ally Shiv Sena Over Bhima Koregaon, NPR

The notable names include social activist Gautam Navlakha, Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, tribal leader Father Stan Swamy. Activists Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Jyoti Jagtap, Anand Teltumbde, Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde were also named in the charge sheet by the anti-terror agency.

Notably, NIA on Thursday arrested tribal rights activist Stan Swamy from Ranchi, Jharkhand. The 83-year-old Jesuit priest had been questioned by the NIA in connection with the case in August this year.

After his arrest, human rights organisation People’s Union for Civil Liberties expressed shock and said that “inhuman and insensitive” action of the authorities stood out for its “sheer vindictiveness”.

So far, the probe agency has arrested 16 people in the case. The accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

About the case:

The Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case pertains to violence that broke out on January 1, 2018 when members of the Dalit community had gathered to observe the 200th anniversary of the Bhim-Koregan battle in which the Peshwas were defeated by the British East India troops.

It is alleged that inflammatory speeches were delivered by the members of the Elgar Parishad on December 31, 2017, which led to the violence a day later. A number of activists were arrested later that year in connection with the case.

NIA took over the case on January 24 this year.