Bhima Koregaon: Gadchiroli police takes custody of Surendra Gadling, Varavara Rao

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Mumbai, Jan 31 : A special court in Pune granted police in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra the permission to transfer human rights lawyer and activist Surendra Gadling and poet Varavara Rao out of Yerawada jail despite a pending case in the Supreme Court.

The Gadchiroli district police in Maharashtra has taken custody of human rights lawyer and activist Surendra Gadling in a 2016 case of Naxal violence.Both were produced before Aheri court of Gadchiroli district today where they have been sent to police custody for 11 days.

Gadling, who was arrested in June last year in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence, was lodged in the Yerawada jail in Pune.

Gadling and Rao were arrested in June and August 2018 with eight others under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on charges of colluding with the Maoists to organise a conference in Pune on December 31, 2017. The Pune city police claim incendiary speeches at this conference led to planned violence at Bhima Koregaon village on January 1 and 2, 2018.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising had on December 3 informed the Supreme Court of a production warrant issued by the Gadchiroli police for Surendra Gadling on November 12.

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