New Delhi: Activist Varavara Rao who was under house arrest until Friday was arrested by the Pune police on Saturday, November 17. Rao who is among the five accused in Bhima Koregaon violence case and alleged plot to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi was arrested from his residence in Hyderabad. Also Read - Bhima Koregaon Case: Accused Summoned For Examination Before Commission of Inquiry in Pune
The police have taken Rao in custody and are bringing him to Pune after the Hyderabad High Court dismissed his petition for transit remand on Friday. Also Read - Telangana DGP underlines need to control urban naxalism
A 5,160-page charge sheet was filed against at least 10 people in a special Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) court by the Pune police for allegedly plotting to assassinate PM Modi. Police claimed that the Maoists had allegedly funded the Elgar Parishad event which took place in Pune on December 31, 2017. The alleged motive behind organising the event was to overthrow the government by way of acquiring arms and ammunition. Also Read - Bhima Koregaon Case: Bombay High Court Dismisses Activist Anand Teltumbde's Plea Seeking Quashing of FIR Against Him
Of the ten charge-sheeted, five activists, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut, were arrested on June 6 in connection with the violence during Elgar Parishad.
The Supreme Court Friday had adjourned to December 3 the hearing on the Maharashtra government’s plea challenging the Bombay High Court order by which the extension of time granted to the state police to conclude probe in the Bhima Koregaon violence case was set aside.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph deferred the matter to enable the counsel for the Maharashtra government to file a rejoinder affidavit in the case.
The apex court on October 29 had granted time till December 1 to the Maharashtra Police to file the charge sheet in Bhima Koregaon violence case.
Earlier this month, in an affidavit filed in front of the judiciary commission, the police had also named Jignesh Mewani, Umar Khalid, Sudhir Dhawale and members of Kabir Kala Manchas in the documents, accusing them of giving out hate speeches before the Bhima-Koregaon violence took place.