‘Jail officials took away mosquito net’: Gautam Navlakha approaches NIA court | Mumbai news

MUMBAI: Human rights activist Gautam Navlakha, who was arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Bheema Koregaon violence case, has gone to court seeking a mosquito screen, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has said. Prison officers.

Navalaka was arrested from his residence in New Delhi on August 28, 2018, and is currently being held in Taloja Jail for his role as one of the conspirators in the Elgar Parishad case.

“Navlakha is being treated for a number of health issues and doctors have recommended using a mosquito screen in jail,” said Sahba Hussain, Navlakha’s partner.

He added that Navlakha was provided with a net on the recommendation of the hospital. “However, some of the rules were suddenly taken up by the prison authorities. There are plenty of mosquitoes in the area and our biggest concern is that the monsoon is fast approaching, ”Hussein added.

Hussain said one of the other co-accused in the case was fasting. She claimed she was informed by others about his strike.

On August 28, 2018, Pune Police first arrested Navlakha, but the Delhi High Court quashed his arrest on October 1, 2018. The prosecution alleges that until August 2018, he was a member of the CPI (Maoist).

Since his release in October 2018, Navlakha has approached the Bombay High Court for a bail plea, fearing he will be arrested again by the police.

In the meantime, the investigation into the case was transferred to the NIA by the Maharashtra Police in January 2020, when the anticipatory bail application was still pending in the Bombay High Court.

The appeal was rejected and then the Supreme Court refused to grant any protection that would direct them to surrender to the agency. After the order of the Supreme Court, Navlakha surrendered in Delhi on April 14, 2020.

An FIR was filed against Navlakha and others in January 2018 after the Elgar council on December 31, 2017, triggered violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune district the next day.

A case has been registered against Navlakha and other accused under the provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and Indian Penal Code. It is alleged that Navlakha and other activists were part of a larger conspiracy to cause violence.

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