On the day, when Pune police carried out raids on the residences of and detained 4 alleged Maoist sympathisers, Republic TV's Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami defined "a group of fake activists and fake intellectuals", who "are building a strong case for terrorism."
"A group of fake activists and fake intellectuals are building a strong case for terrorism. Maoist violence and terrorism is terrorism. There is no difference between the ISIS and the Lashkar and the Maoists. They're all terrorists. The only difference is that in the case of the Lashkar and the IS, the ideologues live in caves and hideouts in the Middle East, and in this case, the ideologues carry 'jholas and travel club class attend literary festivals and claim to be thinkers. Like Osama or Zawahiri they build justifications for violence and claim they're fighting for the people. Only, the truth emerges that they also promote gun running and a war against the state. They kill our soldiers. They carry out blasts. They collect funds. And to these lobbies, who by the way hate Republic TV for exposing their reality to you, we say. your game is up. Your mask is off. And the people of India, not just Republic TV, will take you on, and eliminate your industry of hate, bile, and opportunism," said Arnab Goswami.
As others have been detained, Gautam Navlakha has been put under house arrest after Delhi High Court stayed his detention. All search warrants and detentions were carried out under anti-terror UAPA law and IPC sections 153A, 505(1)(b), 117, 120(b) and 34.
The said people were detained following a raid carried out by the Pune police on the residences of people suspected to have Maoist links. The raids were in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence.
As a part of the probe in the Bhima-Koregaon violence, Pune police had arrested 5 people, namely, Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Rana Jacob, in June, for allegedly delivering hate speeches and distributing disputed pamphlets. Later in June itself, while addressing a press briefing, Ravindra Kadam, Joint CP, Pune, had confirmed that the 5 accused persons have links with Naxals. Now, the recent detentions by the Pune police are being seen as the outcome of the arrests of the 5 people in June and information ascertained from them.