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Pune Police arrest absconding RTI activist Ravindra Barhate

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Deccan Express  | Pune City police have arrested absconding RTI activist Ravindra Barhate informed Amitabh Gupta, Commissioner of Police. Pune

Pune police already have invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against him and other accused in fraud and land grabbing conspiracy cases.

Ravindra Barhate was absconding for many months and Pune police were searching for him. Recently, the Crime Branch of Pune Police had arrested Advocate Sunil More, the aide of absconding RTI activist for helping Ravindra Barhate.+

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Earlier last week, police also arrested Ravindra Barhate’s wife Sangeeta and son Mayur Barhate for allegedly helping absconding Ravindra Barhate to share videos agains police. According to police both wife and son were in touch with the main accused Barhate.  This is the major action by the Pune police in the case.

According to police, Barhate was absconding in 12 cases of extortion, fraud, and land grabbing in the city. Barhate was evading the police for the last year. He had made allegations against the police by Facebook Live video twice. Police have also arrested Pitambar for helping to make the video viral.

In three of the cases, action has been taken against Barhate. Barhate’s team includes Sanjay Bhokare of Sangli, dismissed policeman Shailesh Jagtap and journalist Devendra Jain.

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