The Pune police on Tuesday raided the houses of activists in Delhi, Mumbai, Ranchi, Hyderabad, Faridabad and Goa in connections with the Bhima Koregaon violence. Pune police have unearthed a letter which reportedly talks about a plot to assassinate PM Narendra Modi.
The residences of activists Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira in Mumbai, Gautam Navlakha in New Delhi, Sudha Bharadwaj in Faridabad, Varavara Rao in Hyderabad and Anand Teltumbde in Goa were raided. Rao was arrested and produced before a local court.
Twitterverse reacts to the developments:
In the ‚Äėnew‚Äô India human rights activists will be arrested but no one wants to touch groups like Sanathan Sanstha! And the country stays silent! #BhimaKoregaon
‚ÄĒ Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) August 28, 2018
1. A failed filmmaker cooks up a term called Urban Naxals
2. Someone writes a funny obviously fake letter in Times New roman font
3. Media lackeys run it as news story
4.Activists arrested on the basis of that news story
Haste rahiye..aapka bhi number aaega ūüôā#BhimaKoregaon
‚ÄĒ Scotchy (@scotchism) August 28, 2018
For decades, Dalits have celebrated #BhimaKoregaon without being attacked by Hindutva-vadis. This year, that changed. Now, instead of arresting instigators of violence like Bhide, the BJP has ordered cops to go after Dalit activists, their lawyers and members of the PUCL. Brazen.
‚ÄĒ Mihir Sharma (@mihirssharma) August 28, 2018
Police is not able to provide evidence in previous #Bhimakoregaon case where they arrested 5 so called Maoists. Now they raid more human right activists. What‚Äôs going on? Is it vendetta?
‚ÄĒ nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) August 28, 2018
From raids to arrest, none of those so-called urban naxals had a role in #BhimaKoregaon there are 2 main out on bail Manohar Bhide, Milind Ekbote. Why are they free? Why raid Anand Teltumbde’s house? He was critical of the bandh
‚ÄĒ Neeta Kolhatkar (@neetakolhatkar) August 28, 2018
Sometime back I revealed letters that showed #CongLinkToMaoists arrested in #MaoistPlotToKillPM – it clearly spk of #BhimaKoregaon to create unrest & kill @narendramodi – Today arrests of Varavara Rao & others & #MaoistCrackdown vindicates me – live on @ZeeNewsHindi at 7pm https://t.co/Il58hNCmLV
‚ÄĒ Shehzad Jai Hind (@Shehzad_Ind) August 28, 2018
Meanwhile a pan-India, multi-city crackdown is being conducted by Maharashtra govt on #UrbanNaxals responsible for the dangerous #BhimaKoregaon violence. Raids & arrests followed after ample evidence. CM @Dev_Fadnavis taking the bull by the horns!!
‚ÄĒ Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) August 28, 2018
Those who lynch are garlanded, those who make hate speech elevated to high office. But those who fight for the poor, defend human rights, arrested. #BhimaKoregaon
‚ÄĒ Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) August 28, 2018
The real orchestrators of #BhimaKoregaon violence are roaming scot-free while we see a nationwide witch-hunt against human rights activists, lawyers, writers and citizens with dissenting opinions. This is #ModiEmergency and India must defeat it like it defeated #IndiaEmergency
‚ÄĒ Dipankar (@Dipankar_cpiml) August 28, 2018
‚ÄĒ Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) August 28, 2018
Followers of Godse are now ruling
So the followers of Gandhi are in Jail once again.
They have been looting you at Petrol Pumps, Banks, Giving your money to Ambanis & Adanis. Speak up now before they start looting your homes & Jail you if you resist. #WakeUp #BhimaKoregaon pic.twitter.com/bvCGpczEO9
‚ÄĒ My Fellow Indians (@MyFellowIndians) August 28, 2018
Can’t comment on the merits of the #BhimaKoregaon arrests. But, #BJP is badly losing the plot in terms of perception, optics and narrative. If they continue in this ham-handed way 2019 is a lost case. Hope they have a water-tight case that stands judicial and public scrutiny.
‚ÄĒ GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) August 28, 2018
Prof Anand Teltumbde is someone who does not believe in any identity politics including Dalit politics(I may not agree). But, he has pointed out the reasons why he felt so. Even when #BhimaKoregaon happened,he criticized why Dalits making it like a pilgrimage.
‚ÄĒ Tamizh_Muttley/Master of Roster/Future Governor (@Tamizh_Muttley) August 28, 2018
The government and MHA better be 200% sure of what it is doing with these #BhimaKoregaonRaids. It is very bad optics and create huge negative publicity both in India and overseas. If there is no overwhelming evidence could very badly backfire and cost Modi 2019. #BhimaKoregaon
‚ÄĒ GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) August 28, 2018
In the #BhimaKoregaon violence Bhide was not touched, Ekbote is out on bail . But glad that Varavara Rao & others left an obvious trail behind , so cops could nab them. Imagine like all other cases in the past , he also left such a trail so the agency could catch him!!
‚ÄĒ Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) August 28, 2018