Pune, Nov 6 : The Pune Sessions Court on Tuesday sent Sudha Bhardwaj, Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves, all three accused in Bhima Koregaon violence case, to 14-day judicial custody.
During the hearing, Ferreira alleged in court that he was beaten up during custodial interrogation in the past 10 days. He said that on Nov 4, during interrogation, he was slapped about 8-10 times by police officials and that the next day, he was taken to the hospital.
The three accused, first arrested on August 28 and kept under house arrest as per Supreme Court orders, were re-arrested on October 26 after their bail pleas were rejected.
The three are among the prime accused in the cases related to the Elgar Parishad of December 31, 2017, leading to the Koregaon-Bhima caste riots of January 1 this year.
The court had rejected the bail plea of Shoma Sen. Sen and four others– Mahesh Raut, Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale and Rona Wilson, were arrested for “Maoist” links in June.
In August, the Pune Police had raided and arrested two others Gautam Navlakha (now released) and P. Varavara Rao (currently under house arrest in Hyderabad), besides Bharadwaj, Gonsalves and Ferreira.
The police has charged the accused with having links with Maoist and Kashmiri terror groups, hatching a conspiracy to carry out a high-level political assassination in a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-style operation’, procuring arms and ammunition, seeking to incite disturbances and violence in the country to topple the democratically elected government.