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Bhima Koregaon case: Pune court rejects bail of 3 activists

The activists were arrested in connection with the probe into Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon violence

By PTI in Pune
  • Published 26.10.18, 2:49 PM
  • Updated 26.10.18, 6:26 PM
  • a min read
Arun Ferreira, one of the activists arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence, who has not got court relief. AP

A Pune court on Friday rejected the bail applications of activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, who were arrested for their alleged Maoist links.

Pune police had arrested these three activists along with two others — poet P. Varavara Rao and Gautam Navlakha — on August 28 in connection with the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, which allegedly triggered violence at Koregaon Bhima the next day.

Police alleged that some of the backers of the conclave had Maoist links.

District and sessions judge (special judge) K.D. Vadane rejected the bail applications of Bharadwaj, Gonsalves and Ferreira.

The prosecution, while opposing the bail applications, had argued that they have “corroborative evidence” against the accused to prove their involvement in Maoist activities, such as mobilising cadres, recruiting students from eminent institutes and sending them to the interior to become “professional revolutionaries”, raise funds and procure weapons. 

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