Pune: The Pune Sessions Court on Monday granted a 90-day extension to the city police to file a chargesheet against four people, namely, Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Varavara Rao in the Bhima Koregaon violence case. Also Read - Varavara Rao, 81, Granted Bail by Bombay High Court in Bhima Koregaon Case
The development came after the police filed an application in the Pune Sessions Court and sought a 90-day extension to file chargesheet against the four people. Also Read - Bhima Koregaon Case: NIA Files Charge-Sheet Against 8 People Including DU Professor, Activist Stan Swamy
The four activists were arrested from various locations on August 28 for their alleged role in instigating caste violence in Maharashtra’s Bhima Koregaon village on January 1. The last date of filing charge sheet against four is November 25. The sessions court, which is hearing the case, will hear the petition of the prosecution and the response of the accused on November 26. Also Read - Varavara Rao, Who Has COVID-19, Shifted to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital For Neurological Treatment
Earlier on November 15, the Pune Police filed a chargesheet in the case naming ten people as accused.
On January 1, violence erupted at an event to mark 100 years of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, leaving one dead and several injured, including 10 policemen. The police had filed 58 cases against 162 people during a state-wide shutdown in January following clashes in Bhima-Koregaon.
Meanwhile, the Telangana Democratic Forum on Sunday protested at city’s Dharna Chowk against the arrest of activist Varavara Rao in connection with the Bhima Koregaon Violence case. Expressing anguish over Rao’s arrest, women activist Sandhya, “This protest is against violation of human rights. In Bhima Koregaon case there are many intellectuals, writers and advocates who are arrested and illegal cases are filed against them. We wanted to register our protest in this context. Protests are going on around the country. But still, Modi government is unable to listen to democratic voices. Modi government has become intolerant towards human rights.”