New Delhi, Aug 28(UNI) Five rights activists were on Tuesday arrested over allegations of Maoist links after multi-city raids by the Pune police, in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence in January, in which Dalit activists had clashed with upper-caste Marathas and investigations revealed details of an assassination plot against Prime Minister Modi.
Pune Police on Tuesday conducted several raids in Maharashtra, Telangana, Delhi, Haryana and Goa and further arrested activists Vernon Gonsalves in Mumbai, Gautam Navlakha in Delhi, Sudha Bharadwaj in Haryana, and poet Varavara Rao in Hyderabad.
Special teams of the Pune police, assisted by their local counterparts conducted these raids in the respective cities.
According to sources, raids were held at their residences in Hyderabad,Delhi and Haryana respectively, and in Goa.
Activist Gautam Navlakha who was apprehended from his residence in Delhi is being taken to Pune
During theses raids, objects such as documents and laptops were seized by the special police teams and the activists were also produced before court to seek transit remand.