Mumbai: Activists from across the country were picked up following a series of raids by the Pune Police in connection with violence in Maharashtra's Bhima Koregaon that rocked the state this January. Raids were conducted at homes of activists and intellectuals in Delhi, Faridabad, Goa, Mumbai, Thane, Ranchi and Hyderabad.
While activist Sudha Bhardwaj was picked up from Faridabad, activist and poet Varavara Rao was arrested in Hyderabad. Activists Gautam Navlakha, Arun Fereira and Venon Gonsalves are also in custody. During early morning searches, Father Stan Swamy's home in Ranchi was also raided. Laptops, pen drives and documents have been seized from their homes.
Pune Police has got transit remand till 30th August of activist Gautam Navlakha.
The raids were conducted based on the Pune Police's investigation in the Bhim Koregaon violence in which Dalit activists clashed with the upper-caste Marathas.