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NIA files charge-sheet in Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case in Mumbai

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday filed a 10,000 page supplementary charge sheet against eight accused in Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case before NIA designated Court in Mumbai, an official release said here.

The accused Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Hany Babu, Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Jyoti Jagtap, Stan Swamy and Milind Teltumbde have been booked for the offences under sections 120B, 115, 121, 121A, 124A, 153A, 201, 505(1)(b) and 34 of IPC and sections 13, 16, 17, 18, 18A, 18B, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

This case arose out of Vishram Baug Police Station in Pune regarding inciting people and giving provocative speeches during Elgar Parishad organized at Shaniwarwada area in Pune by the activists of Kabir Kala Manch on December 31, 2017 which promoted enmity between various caste groups and led to violence resulting in loss of life and property in Maharashtra.

During investigation, it was revealed that senior leaders of CPI (Maoist), a proscribed terrorist organisation were in contact with the organizers of Elgar Parishad as well as the accused arrested in the case so as to spread the ideology of Naxalism and encourage unlawful activities.

The Pune Police had earlier filed two charge-sheets in this case on November 15, 2018 and February 21, 2019 against fifteen accused persons.

NIA took up the investigation of the case on January 24 this year and after a meticulous, scientific and detailed analysis of more than 10,000 pages of communications made by various accused, reliable oral, documentary and material evidence was brought on record.

The probe into this case revealed that the tentacles of conspiracy were not only spread throughout the country but also extended beyond India.

“The incriminating documents recovered from the accused include their discreet communications with other Maoist cadres regarding conspiracy related to violent incident of Bhima Koregaon as a part of their well chalked-out strategy”, the probe agency said in its charge sheet.

It also included various documents regarding mobilisation against the Government by the Maoist cadres, information about movement of the security forces with an intention to cause heavy damage to the State. Discreet codes were used for secret communication amongst themselves to avoid detection by security forces regarding their conspiracy and planning, they added.

The central agency also revealed a systematic network of Maoists operating for supply of arms and ammunitions having close nexus with other banned proscribed organisation within and outside India.

The ‘Strategy and Tactics’ adopted by Maoists to carry out so-called urban revolution with their frontal outfits has also been revealed during investigation, beside this, funding activities of Maoist cadres and their sympathisers to carry out Maoist work in rural as well urban areas came to the fore.

NIA investigation revealed that the accused persons mentioned above, conspired with other accused persons to further the ideology of terrorist organisation CPI (Maoist) and abetted violence, brought into hatred and incited disaffection towards the Government established by law and promoted enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, caste and community

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