The Pune court granted police custody too all accused till June 14, 2018. In connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence, the Pune police had arrested five activists, including Dalit activist Sudhir Dhawale who was arrested in Mumbai. Apart from this, the police had picked up Rona Wilson, an activist and Jawaharlal Nehru University alumnus, from Delhi, activists Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and lawyer Surendra Gadling from Nagpur.

They were arrested for allegedly spreading controversial pamphlets and delivering hate speech under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act during an Elgaar Parishad which took place in Pune on December 31, 2017.

Ravindra Kadam, Joint CP, Pune, said that the accused have links with the naxals in a press conference.

Likewise, Pune police might send summons to independent MLA Jignesh Mevani who is under the radar of the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence.

Between December 31 and January 1, thousands of Dalit had gathered in Bhima-Koregaon to pay respect to the Mahar regiment on the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon. During the event, incidences of arson and stone pelting were reported. One person died as well and several got injured. This incident led to the Maharashtra bandh which took place on January 3, 2018.

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Furious Dalit activists then filed FIRs against Hindutva activists Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote for triggering violence. Ekbote was arrested but was later released on bail.

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