Bhima Koregaon Case: Pune Sessions Court sends activist Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira to Police custody

Pune Sessions court on October 26 rejected the bail plea filed by the activist Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves under house arrest

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After Pune police arrested activist Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, a Pune sessions court on Saturday sent them to police custody till November 6 in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon Case. 

The activists were taken into custody, earlier on October 26, after the sessions court rejected their bail plea. Vernon Gonsalves was arrested from Andheri, while Arun Ferreira was taken into custody from Thane. The activists had filed a bail plea as their period of four weeks for the house arrest ended on Friday. 

Earlier, Supreme Court had rejected a plea demanding to appoint a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for investigating the Bhima Koregaon violence case. In a big blow to the activists, Supreme Court on Friday also rejected the review petition filed by Historian Romila Thapar on the same.  

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Pune police alleged that Ferreira and Gonsalves recruited new members for the Communist Party of India (Maoist), while the Public Prosecutor Ujwala Pawar demanded 14 days of police custody for the activist and for further investigating the evidence.

Advocate Siddharth Patil, representing the activists, said that Pune Police had almost a month to investigate the evidence in this matter. He also pointed out that the police arrested activists before the period of their house arrest was over which amounts to contempt of court. 

As per the Supreme Court order, the house arrest was to end on October 27 midnight. The activists were arrested by Pune Police on August 28. 

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