Bhima Koregaon: Dalit writer Anand Teltumbde arrested at Mumbai Airport

Anand Teltumbde was detained by Mumbai Police around 4:00 in the morning at Mumbai Airport

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Update: After his arrest, Dalit academician Anand Teltumbde was presented before a special court on Saturday. Pune Special Court ruled Teltumbde's arrest as "illegal". Professor Teltumbde has been released now.

After a session court in Pune on Friday rejected the bail plea filed by Dalit writer Anand Teltumbde, the academician, and activist was arrested on Saturday morning around 4:00 AM at Mumbai Airport in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon Violence.  

Earlier on January 11, the Supreme Court provided Teltumbde with the “protection from arrest” for four weeks – till February 11 - in the ongoing Bhima-Koregaon case. Despite the apex court order, the police arrested Teltumbde a day after his bail plea was rejected.

Teltumbde, a professor at Goa Institute of Management, was arrested at Mumbai airport after his arrival from Kerala by Mumbai Police and was later handed over to Pune Police. 

Teltumbde has been named in the FIR filed by Pune police accusing him of inciting violence in the Bhima Koregaon and being an alleged member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). 

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However, Teltumbde’s lawyer Rohan Nahar labelled the arrest “illegal” and informed that the activist was given protection from the arrest till February 11 by the apex court. Senior Advocate Indira Jaising also protested against the arrest of Anand Temtumbde saying that the arrest was a “gross violation of SC’s order”.

Earlier on August 28, in a joint multi-city operation, Pune Police raided the house of several activists including Anand Teltumbe. Later in a press conference, Temtumbde informed that the police “entered the house without consent”. 

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