‘Maoists planned JNU event in mem­ory of slain Naxal’

Part Of Plan To In­sti­gate Stu­dents To Join CPI (Maoist): Cops

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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

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