Pune Police arrested activist Anand Teltumbde, an accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case, from Mumbai airport at around 4 am on Saturday. The arrest took place after the Pune session court had rejected his anticipatory bail plea on Friday. Meanwhile, Teltumbde’s kin has alleged that the arrest was “illegal.”
“Teltumbde was interrogated and later arrested by the Pune Police. He would be produced in the court later in the day,” Shivaji Bodkhe, Joint Commissioner of Pune Police, was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.
Mr Teltumbde, a professor at Goa Institute of Management, was arrested from the domestic terminal of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport around 3.30 a.m after his arrival from Kerala. He was detained by the Mumbai Police, who later handed him over to the Pune Police, an official said.
The Pune Sessions Court on Friday had denied the pre-arrest bail application citing sufficient material to prove his links banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and also with the Elgar Parishad, which triggered violence in Koregaon Bhima in 2017.
“In my view, there is sufficient material collected by the investigating officer to show the involvement of the present accused in the alleged commission of the offence. Moreover, investigation in respect of present applicant/accused is at (a) very crucial stage,” Additional sessions judge Kishor Vadane observed while pronouncing the judgement.
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.