Mahesh Raut

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Mahesh Raut is an activist working with Adivasi in Gadchiroli.[1] He is the youngest accused in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence case.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Raut was born in Lakhapur village in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra's Vidarbha region. He did his schooling from Navodaya school in Gadchiroli. He briefly worked as a primary teacher around 2007. In 2009, he joined TISS, Mumbai to study social work.[3] After completing his degree from TISS, Raut was selected for the Prime Minister Rural Development (PMRD) fellowship.[4] In 2018, he suffered from acute ulcerative colitis.[4]


Raut is a co-convener of the Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vilas Andolan (VVJVA),[5] which fights the displacement of marginalised communities. Under the VVJVA, he has campaigned along with Adivasi communities of the region to sell Tendu leaves directly into the market without the involvement of the middlemen. He is also a member of the Bharat Jan Andolan, a human rights NGO. He has campaigned against mining projects in Gadhciroli, including the Surajgarh mining project.[4] He has also campaigned against caste discrimination.[3]


On 6 June 2018, he was arrested from his house[6] by the Pune Police, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He is currently lodged at Taloja central jail.[7]


  1. ^ "Gadchiroli's 300 Gram Sabhas Pass Resolution in Support of Activist Mahesh Raut".
  2. ^ "Mahesh Raut shows symptoms of COVID-19, moves HC for a test". 29 July 2020 – via
  3. ^ a b Johari, Aarefa. "A poet, a lawyer, a professor: These are the five activists held for sparking Bhima Koregaon clashes". Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "The People's Fighters: Meet the Five Arrested in the Bhima Koregaon Case". The Wire. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  5. ^ "PM's Rural Development Fellows Come Out in Support of Mahesh Raut".
  6. ^ "Bhima Koregaon: Mahesh Raut turns 33 inside jail - The Hindu".
  7. ^ "State to re-verify after medical reports of Anand Teltumbde, Mahesh Raut before Bombay HC show identical details | Cities News,The Indian Express".