New Delhi : On Thursday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Bhima-Koregaon case of Maharashtra detained human rights activist Father Stan Swamy from Ranchi after questioning. According to sources, 83-year-old Swami was arrested on Friday. Earlier, he had denied any involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon case.
Sources in the agency say that Swamy is a member of the CPI (Maoist). Swamy received funds through a colleague for CPI (Maoist) activities. Documents related to CPI (Maoist) activities and CPI (Maoist) propaganda, literature and propaganda have been seized from them.
Earlier, Stan Swamy was interrogated for two hours in Ranchi on August 7 and was later called to Mumbai’s NIA office for further questioning. However, he had informed the agency that he cannot travel due to his age and the coronavirus epidemic.
The case was taken over by the NIA in January this year. In this case, the NIA team has questioned Father Stan Swamy for the first time. Father Stan Swamy, who describes himself as a human rights activist, is accused of inciting violence erupted in Bhima Koregaon in 2018 after a provocative speech by him and his colleagues.
On 1 January 2018, violence erupted in Bhima Koregaon, near Pune. A day before this, there was a rally under the banner of Yalgar Parishad and the role of inciting violence was made in this rally. The organization was also accused of plotting to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The police also recovered evidence related to it. Also, many people were arrested. It was claimed that the rally of Yalgar Parishad was supported by more than 300 organizations.
Two NIA officials confirmed that Swamy was detained from Ranchi in connection with the Bhima Koregaon investigation. However, the officials declined to provide information as to why he is being questioned again. They said that Swamy was summoned to NIA office in Ranchi on Thursday for questioning and was questioned about his role in the case.