June 12, 2018
A press conference was organised in Mumbai to demand release of five people arrested in Bhima-Koregaon violence case.
Retired Justice BG Kolse-Patil, senior advocates Indira Jaisingh and Mihir Desai
were speakers at the event. They alleged that government was using police machinery to create false cases against those who speak against government.
Patil, who was one of the organisers of the Elgar Parishad, where the plan for protest on Bhima-Koregaon issue was planned, said “Modi and Shah are exposed fully by Justice Sawant in 2002 riots. People with communist ideologies are being harassed. These people (arrested accused) were working for the poor people and they are innocent.”
The five arrested persons in this case are writer and Mumbai-based Dalit rights activist Sudhir Dhawale, lawyer Surendra Gadling from Nagpur, a former Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow Mahesh Raut, English department HOD of Nagpur university Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson, a Delhi-based social activist who is a core committee member of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP).
Referring to assassination of PM letter recovered from Rona Wilson, Patil said that letter is fabricated and will not stand as evidence in the court.
Press conference, June 12, 2018, Mumbai