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Case against me based on false statements, says arrested activist Varavara Rao

Varavara Rao is among the five accused activists under house arrest till September 5.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2018 14:05 IST
Activists arrested,Varavara Rao,Arun Ferreira
Varavara Rao, arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, being produced at a court in Pune on Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018.(PTI)

Varavara Rao, one of the activists who has been put under the house arrest in Hyderabad for having alleged links with Communist Party of India (Maoist) in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence, said on Thursday that the police has framed him in this case on the basis of false statements.

“I am saying it from the beginning, that on basis of false statements, a case was filed against me. I have faith in the law,” he said

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court directed the Pune police to keep the five accused activists --Rao, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bhardwaj--under house arrest till September 5. These activists are under police scanner for having links with Maoists and also being allegedly involved in triggering violence at Elgaar Parishad, an event to mark the 200th year of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, in Pune that took place in January this year.

Speaking to ANI, Rao’s lawyer Mihir Desai, said that these latest orders of house arrest for the arrested activists clearly show that the judicature is perturbed by the sudden act of authorities to imprison them.

An outrage grew over the detention of these activists after scores of leaders from various political outfits of the country said that it is an attempt to stifle dissent. Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan K Varma on Wednesday told ANI that if the Narendra Modi-led government failed to produce any evidence against the imprisoned activists then the current scenario will exude a reflection of Emergency.

Senior Congress leader, Salman Khurshid, also toed the same line and said that ‘an atmosphere of imposing restrictions on dissent is growing in India’. He also added that the many people who are raising their voices against the Centre are being suppressed.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 12:19 IST