Activists' arrest: we have evidence, says Pune top cop

Activists' arrest: we have evidence, says Pune top cop

The Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima case has turned out to be a "model investigation" for others, Pune Police Commissioner K Venkatesham said.

"We had evidence then, we have evidence now... it is a model investigation for others," Venkatesham said hours after the Supreme Court allowed to continue investigations against the five civil rights defenders and human rights activists.

"The investigation continued for five months, we were putting pieces together so that (the investigation makes sense)... We were confident from day one," said Venkatesham, an officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police.

The commissioner said the case has shown how "certain people" in urban areas were helping the cause of the outlawed CPI (Maoist).

He said that Elgar Parishad-Koregaon Bhima probe is on a "different plane" and the investigation focused on how "these people" were providing "money and strategy" to a violent movement.

As to whether the Pune Police would arrest the five suspects later and whether the probe was complete, Venkatesham said: "We would act appropriately...some more investigation is needed."

The commissioner said that the team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Shivaji Pawar deserves accolades. "They are a motivated lot...They never lost confidence," he added.