Dalit scholar Teltumbde held

Dalit scholar Teltumbde held

Agency News

Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde has been arrested by the Pune police in the Elgar Parishad case for his alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist, officials said on Saturday.

Police detained Teltumbde, a professor at Goa Institute of Management, at Mumbai airport in the early hours of Saturday, a day after a special court in Pune rejected his anticipatory bail application.

He was interrogated and later arrested, said Mr. Shivaji Bodkhe, Joint Commissioner of the Pune police. He would be produced before court in Pune, he said. On Friday, he Additional Sessions Judge, Mr. Kishor Vadane, observed that an investigating officer had collected sufficient material 'to show the involvement of the present accused (Teltumbde) in the alleged commission of the offence'.

According to police, Maoists had supported the Elgar Parishad conclave held in Pune on December 31, 2017, and the inflammatory speeches there led to violent clashes at the Koregaon Bhima war memorial the next day.