Bhima Koregaon case: NIA arrests Keralite CPI (Maoist) member Stan Swamy

The National Investigation Agency on Thursday arrested Stan Swamy, a member of CPI (Maoist) from Ranchi, Jharkhand in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case.

The 83-year-old Keralite, also a Jesuit priest, was nabbed from his home in Jharkhand capital Ranchi by a team of NIA officials from Delhi.

NIA claimed that Stan Swamy is a member of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and was “actively involved in its activities”.

“Stan Swamy received funds through an associate for the furtherance of CPI (Maoist) activities. Documents related to communications for furthering the activities of CPI and propaganda material of the CPI (Maoist) as well as literature, seized from his possession,” NIA sources said.

Hailing from Kerala, Stan Swamy has been working for tribal people in Jharkhand for over five decades.

The case pertains to 2018 violence that erupted in Pune at an event to mark 100 years of the Bhima-Koregaon battle. One lost life and several were injured in the clash. The police had then filed 58 cases against 162 people.

The investigation also claimed to have uncovered a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.