‘Maoists planned JNU event in memory of slain Naxal’
Part Of Plan To Instigate Students To Join CPI (Maoist): Cops
Pune: The Maharashtra government told a sessions court here on Thursday that the persons arrested on June 6 for alleged Maoist links had planned an event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi in the memory of slain Naxal leader Naveen Babu.
Five persons were arrested from Nagpur, Delhi and Mumbai for their role in organising the Elgar Parishad in Pune a day before the violent January 1 clashes in Koregaon-Bhima.
District government pleader Ujjwala Pawar told the court that the accused were acting under “direct instructions from the banned organisation CPI (Maoist)” for carrying out unlawful activities, which included the proposed event at JNU.
“The accused were a part of the CPI (Maoist) plan to instigate, provoke and influence students to join the banned organisation, which was to provide some material for the event,” she elaborated, while pitching for an extended 14-day custodial remand for them under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
The special enactment provides for a 30-day remand as against 15 days under the Indian Penal Code.
Four of the accused — Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale, activist Rona Wilson, academician Soma Sen and PMRD fellow Mahesh Raut — were produced before the special judge (UAPA), K D Vadane. The fifth accused, lawyer Surendra Gadling, is in judicial custody on medical grounds.
“The ongoing probe is at a crucial stage of unfolding how all the accused participated and were implementing the anti-national plans of the CPI (Maoist) and how the banned outfit was funding the plans. The scope of the probe extends way beyond the Maoist links to the Elgar Parishad (held in Pune a day before the January 1 clashes at Koregaon Bhima) and covers a larger sinister plot affecting the na- tional security,” the prosecutor said.
She said that police recovered 25 terabytes (1 TB is 1,024 gigabytes) of data in the form of forensic cloned copies from the electronic gadgets seized from the accused. Besides, Rs80,000 seized from Wilson is suspected to be a part of funds provided by the CPI (Maoist), pawar added.
“The Section 43 (D) of the UAPA gives the probe agency the prerogative to seek an extended remand considering the scope and sensitivity of the matter,” Pawar said and provided certain “confidential letters” to the court in support of her arguments.
Judge Vadane, however, extended the custodial remand of Dhawale and three others only till June 21. Gadling will remain in judicial custody till then.
One of the arrested accused (C) being taken to a Pune court