Koregaon-Bhima case: Who are the arrested Sudhir Dhawale and Surendra Gadling?

Pune’s Vishrambag police today arrested three people in connection with the Koregaon Bhima violence case. At around 6.30 am this morning, Vishrambag police arrested Sudhir Dhawale, the organizer of Elgar Parishad and a Dalit writer, from his house in Govandi. Lawyer Surendra Gadling has been arrested from Nagpur and Maoist leader Rona Wilson from Delhi.

It was alleged that the Bhima-Koregaon riots were sparked by provocative speeches and songs made by Kabir Kala Manch and Republican Panther at the Elgar conference on 31st December 2017 near Shaniwarwada. Police are investigating whether the Naxals have anything to do with the incident. A few days ago, raids were also carried out on the houses of Kabir Kala Manch and Republican Panther activists. Pune police had conducted raids in Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur. A team of Pune police with the help of Jaripatka police in Nagpur arrested Adv. Surendra Gadling’s residence in Buddhanagar was raided.

Who are Sudhir Dhawale –
Sudhir Dhawale is a founding member of the Republican Panther, founded on December 6, 2007. Sudhir Dhawale is also known as an activist in the rebel movement and a Dalit writer. Sudhir Dhawale is a senior activist in the Dalit movement and has campaigned several times for the effective implementation of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Some Naxalites had joined the Elgar conference and it was alleged that they were in touch with Sudhir Dhawale. Also, Sudhir Dhawale was accused of distributing provocative speeches and books before the Bhima Koregaon riots.

Who are Adv. Surendra Gadling?
Adv. Surendra Gadling is known. Delhi University Pvt. The cases of many Naxalite supporters or leaders including Sai Baba were filed by Adv. Gadling has fought. So they are always on the radar of the police system.

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