The Hindu – We have evidence establishing links between arrested activists and Maoist organisations: Maharashtra police

The arrested accused played an active and crucial role in a conspiracy to overthrow the lawfully established Indian government, says ADGP.

Sharad Vyas

Pune – Maharashtra – India, 31 August 2018. The Maharashtra police on Friday said they have evidence that clearly establish links between Maoist organisations and the rights activists arrested on Tuesday.

At a media briefing, Additional Director General (law and order) Parambir Singh displayed letters allegedly exchanged by some of the arrested activists.

“There was a larger conspiracy by Maoist organisations to overthrow the lawfully established Indian government using weapons procured from Russia and China. The arrested accused played an active and crucial role in this conspiracy,” he said.

“The meetings of the arrested accused were held even in Paris and other international organisation, and funds were being organised from there,” he said. The arrested accused “were in touch with separatists and extremists from Manipur and Kashmir.

They wanted to emulate stone-pelting activities in Jammu and Kashmir in rest of the county and urban areas.”

There was an active propaganda to discredit the investigation. “But we have a very very strong case. “The evidence being disputed has been videographed and recorded. It is with the forensic lab. We have not tampered with it.

This is as strong a case as we had against Delhi University professor G N Saibaba who was convicted by the court for Naxal activities,” he said.

Urban Naxals not a new term

Term ‘urban Naxal’ was not new and had been used for past 20 years. “I remember using it myself when carrying out operations many years ago,” he said, adding, “Urban Naxals are the overground cadre in touch with the central committee of the banned Maoist organisations.”

The Asian Age – Arundhati Roy, others seek action against cops for ‘vicious attack’ on activists

The statement comes a day after the Supreme Court directed that the five activists be kept under house arrest.

New Delhi – India, 30 August 2018. Leading intellectuals and civil society members on Thursday demanded action against Maharashtra police for launching a “vicious and malafide attack” against human rights activists and called for an immediate end to “such political acts of vendetta”.

The arrests of the five activists, in a nationwide crackdown on Tuesday, highlights the violation of all due procedures and is a mockery of the legal system, said a joint statement signed by author Arundhati Roy, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, as well as activists Aruna Roy and Jignesh Mevani, among others.

The statement comes a day after the Supreme Court directed that the five activists be kept under house arrest.

They have also demanded that police return the laptops and mobiles seized during the “illegal arrest” of the activists.

“They want to divert attention from real issue and discredit the Dalit movement. The so-called Maoist plot to kill the Prime Minister is an effort to garner sympathy. Dalits will hold protest rallies at various places on 5 September against the government,” Mevani said at a press conference.

“What is happening today is more dangerous than the Emergency,” Bhushan added.

Maharashtra police arrested Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha, and raided the homes of several others as part of its probe into the ‘Elgar Parishad’ conclave in Koregaon-Bhima village near Pune on December 31, 2017.

Others whose premises were reportedly searched this week were Father Stan Swamy, Susan Abraham, Kranthi Tekula and Anand Teltumbde.