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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Elgar Parishad case: NIA arrests activists Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor

The National Investigation Agency on Monday arrested activists Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor in connection with the ongoing Elgar Parishad investigation, The Indian Express reported. With this, the total number of persons arrested in cases – all academics, activists and lawyers – has gone up to 14.

In July, the central agency had arrested Delhi University Professor Hany Babu. The agency had also summoned several others, including Gorkhe and Gaichor, for questioning at that time.

Gorkhe and Gaichor were active members of the ‘Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyaan’, the body that had organised the Elgaar Parishad event on December 31, 2017. The conclave was held at Shaniwar Wada, Pune, ahead of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.

In a video recorded before their arrest, the activists had alleged that the NIA was forcing them to give statements to implicate those arrested in the case. They alleged that during interrogation, they were threatened with arrest if they did not agree to be witnesses.

“We were called for questioning 1.5 months ago, we were interrogated for 2 days, we cooperated, gave them statements, we were released,” Gaichor said. “After 1.5 months, they called us again with some urgency, and from 11 am to 5.30 pm they sat with us, told...

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