Pune, Sep 2: The Pune Sessions Court granted a 90-day extension to the Pune Police to file a charge sheet in the Bhima Koregaon violence case registered against five accused, namely, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson. It further noted that the matter will be taken up for hearing on September 6. The court will also hear the bail application of Gadling and Sen along with an application filed to shift the accused out of Pune's Yerawada Central Jail. Earlier in the week, Yerawada Jail had moved an application to shift the accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence, citing overcrowding and security issues. Arrested Activists Have Links to Maoist Conspiracy to Topple Government, Says Pune Police.
The bicentenary anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle which was held on January 2 this year had turned violent when clashes erupted, killing one person and leaving several injured, including 10 policemen. The five accused in the case were arrested in June this year, while five activists, namely Sudha Bhardwaj, P Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Ferreira, and Vernon Gonsalves were arrested earlier in the week following countrywide raids. The five activists have been kept under house arrest until September 6 as per the Supreme Court's directive. Maharashtra Police Defends Arrests, Says 'Have Evidence They Were Maoists, Were Planning to Overthrow Government'.