In another round of development, the Pune police on Thursday filed charge sheet against five accused who were arrested in June over their alleged role in Bhima Koregaon violence. Those arrested were - Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson.
"Bhima Koregaon violence case: Pune Police files charge sheet against the five accused Advocate Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson, in Pune Sessions Court," the news agency ANI reported.
The charge sheet, submitted by police in Pune Session court suggests that around 80 witnesses have been examined in the case and the entire campaigning for Elgar Parishad including the speeches delivered at the conclave had aggravated the Bhima Koregaon violence.
Entire campaigning for Elgaar Parishad and speeches delivered at Elgaar Parishad had aggravated Bhima Koregaon violence. Around 80 witnesses have been examined: Pune Police submits in it's chargesheet https://t.co/iXi3g48LRg— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2018
Besides, the Pune police in another coordinated raid across India on August 28 had arrested five other activists - Sudha Bhardwaj, P Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves. All of the detained activists are currently kept under in-house arrest following a Supreme Court order on August 29.
Bhima Koregaon violence refers to the alleged Maoist attack at Maharashtra's Bhima-Koregaon village earlier this year during the 200th birth anniversary celebration of a British-era war.
The skirmish claimed one life and left several others injured on January 1, 2018. It is believed to be the assassination plot of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the lines of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The former prime minister was assassinated by LTTE bomber Dhanu in 1991.