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Pune Police accused of ‘hacking’ arrested activists’ phones in Bhima Koregaon case

Rights group Amnesty International, along with others, accused Pune Police of hacking phones, laptops of accused in Bhima Koregaon case of 2018

US-based human rights and security research groups — Amnesty International, CitizenLab and SentinelOne — have claimed in a joint statement that they unearthed new evidence that links the Pune police to the hacking of e-mail accounts of rights activists Rona Wilson and Varavara Rao and Delhi University professor Hany Babu, all of whom were arrested in 2018 in the Bhima-Koregaon case, the Wired magazine reported. The researchers claim that the evidence used by the Pune police against the three accused in their terrorist charge trials is the same material that they had "planted" on the three arrestees' personal devices. Previously in June 2021, Massachusetts-based independent forensic investigators Arsenal Computing had established that an unidentified attacker used malicious software to infiltrate the two computers belonging to Rona Wilson and deposited dozens of files in hidden folders on the devices. Researchers at…

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