Elgaar Parishad case: Arun Ferreira alleges assault by cops
Activist Arun Ferreira, who was arrested in August for alleged Maoist links along with others, on Tuesday told a court here that he was “hit” by the investigating officer.
In a submission made before additional sessions court judge RV Adone through his lawyer Sidharth Patil,
Ferreira said he was hit on his face eight to ten times by assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Shivaji Pawar on November 4 during interrogation.
The ACP is the investigating officer (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 medical officer at Sassoon General Hospital in Pune had recorded the same in the medical report.
His lawyer 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 Vernon Gonsalves and Sudha Bharadwaj to judicial custody till November 19, as sought by special public prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar.
The prosecution said they were seeking the judicial custody of the trio “by reserving their right of police custody in future”.