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Elgaar Parishad case: Activist Ferreira alleges assault by police

Press Trust of India  |  Pune (Maha) 

Activist Ferreira, who was arrested in August for alleged Maoist links along with others, Tuesday told a court here that he was "hit" by the investigating

In a submission made before additional sessions court R V through his Sidharth Patil, Ferreira said he was "hit" on his face "eight to ten times" by of Police (ACP) Shivaji Pawar on November 4 during interrogation.

The ACP is the investigating (IO) in the Elgar Parishad case. He was not available for comments.

Police had claimed that violence erupted in Koregaon-Bhima near Pune on January 1, a day after "provocative speeches" were made at the Elgaar Parishad conclave held in Pune city.

They had also alleged that Maoists supported the conclave.

Ferreira claimed that there was swelling on his right cheek due to the "attack", and during the medical examination the next day, the at General Hospital in Pune had recorded the same in the medical report.

His requested the court to preserve the report to avoid any "tampering".

On Ferreira's application seeking recording of his statement before the special court in this regard, the prosecution sought time till November 12 to file its response which was granted by the court.

In a simultaneous development, the court remanded Ferreira and activists and to judicial custody till November 19, as sought by

The prosecution said they were seeking the judicial custody of the trio "by reserving their right of police custody in future".

The three accused were produced in the court, after their police custody expired Tuesday.

Ferreira and Gonsalves were taken into custody by on October 26, after their bail pleas were rejected by a local court.

District and (Special Judge) K D Vadane had rejected the of Ferreira and Gonsalves along with that of Bharadwaj, observing that the material collected by the police, on the face of it, showed their alleged links with Maoists.

The had arrested Ferreira, Gonsalves, Bharadwaj and two others -- Varavara Rao and activist -- in August this year in connection with its probe into violence in Koregaon Bhima.

The police had claimed to have seized emails exchanged between them and top Maoist leaders following which the accused were put under house arrest on Supreme Court's orders.

However, Navlakha was later released by the

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:50 IST