Pune Police raids houses of alleged Naxal Sympathisers

Police raided a series of residences of activists in connection with Bhima-Koregaon Violence and to find any affiliation with the Naxalites

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In connection with the Bhima-Koregaon Violence, Pune Police on Tuesday raided the houses of some suspects across Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chhattisgarh. The raid was carried out to find any type of affiliation with the Naxalites and on those, who were in contact with the accused - arrested earlier on June 6 - through social media.

Earlier, Pune Police in a joint operation arrested activists, lawyers, and academicians from Mumbai, Pune, and Delhi including Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen, and Rona Wilson. After the arrests of these five activists, the police claims that they discovered objectionable documents and other material from their residence.

The police also found a letter plotting the assassination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, there has been no further development in this regard. 

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The police took this action after a background check into the emails of five arrested before. It has taken Comrade Varavara Rao into its custody from Hyderabad along with Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves from Mumbai. Human Rights Activist Sudha Bharadwaj along with Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha have also been arrested on the basis of these emails. The police claim that during the raid they have seized some important documents.

Ferreira has been arrested from Mumbai before on the suspicion of being a Naxalite and Vernon Gonsalves has already served seven years of imprisonment. 

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The police say that Navlakha is working as a link between extremists and Naxalites in Kashmir and Varavara Rao is accused of being a “think tank” of Urban Naxals. All others are suspected to be linked with the Naxalites.

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