The Pune city police have arrested Communist terrorists of the banned Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoist) for creating unrest in various parts of the country including Bhima Koregaon. The police sources suggest that they were arrested in connection with the Elgaar Parishad organised at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31 that led to the riots occurred in Bhima Kiregaon during the 200th year celebrations of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon. The arrests were made in Mumbai, Nagpur and Delhi.
According to media reports, the arrested are ‘top urban Maoist operatives’, include Delhi-based Rona Wilson of Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), Elgaar Parishad organiser Sudhir Dhawale, leader of Republican Panthers Jati Antachi Chalwal and Nagpur-based lawyer Surendra Gadling of Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL).
Rona Wilson, a native of Kerala, is currently based in Delhi and is the public relations secretary of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP). Wilson is a confidant of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Gadchiroli court in March last year.