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Anand Teltumbde traveled to foreign countries to spread Maoist ideology, NIA says

Activist Anand Teltumbde, who is accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, used to travel to foreign countries to spread the ideology of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist), the National News Agency said on Wednesday. investigation in a Mumbai court, PTI reported.

“He [Teltumbde] used to attend international conferences under the cover of his university visits to Canada, Pakistan, the United States, France, etc. said the investigative agency, according to Bar and Bench. “In the said conferences, he used to exchange literature on the ideology, formation and work strategy of the CPI (Maoist) with international communist organizations.”

The agency made the request in response to a bail plea filed by Teltumbde in the Bhima Koregaon case, which concerns caste-based violence in a village near Pune in 2018. Sixteen people, including Teltumbde, were arrested for allegedly plotting violence.

Teltumbe is a renowned author of several books. He worked as a senior professor at the Goa Institute of Management.

In his plea, Teltumbde had argued that the National Investigation Agency had produced no evidence in court to show that he was a member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

During Wednesday’s hearing, the central agency also accused Teltumbde of bringing materials related to Maoist ideology from the Philippines, Peru, Turkey and other countries.

He said the material was used for training and strategic development of CPI (Maoist) members after the group’s central committee in India approved it.

“There is evidence on file regarding the awarding of Rs 10 lakh from the late CPI (Maoist) to Anand [Teltumbde] for his international campaign and visits for the promotion of the CPI (Maoist) agenda,” the central investigative agency said, according to PTI.

In its response, the agency also reiterated its claim that Teltumbe was the organizer of the Elgaar Parishad conference held on December 31, 2017 which led to the Bhima Koregaon violence the following day. He also said that Anand Teltumbde inspired his brother Milind Teltumbde to join the Maoist movement.

The Bhima Koregaon case

The first indictment in the case was filed by Pune police in November 2018, which ran to over 5,000 pages. He named activists Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Surendra Gadling, Shoma Sen and Mahesh Raut – all of whom were arrested in June 2018.

Police claimed to have “active links” with the CPI (Maoist) and accused the militants of plotting to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

One of the defendants, 84-year-old tribal rights activist Stan Swamy, died in custody in July. Swamy, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and also contracted the coronavirus infection in prison, was repeatedly denied bail despite his deteriorating condition.

An additional indictment was later filed in February 2019, against Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and banned CPI (Maoist) leader Ganapathy. The defendants were accused of “waging war against the nation” and spreading CPI (Maoist) ideology, in addition to creating caste conflicts and hatred in society.

The Center transferred the case to the National Investigation Agency in January 2020 after the defeat of the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra, led by Devendra Fadnavis.

The continued detention of activists and academics in the Bhima Koregaon case on the basis of allegedly flimsy evidence has been criticized by members of civil society.

In February last year, a US-based digital forensics firm discovered that at least 10 incriminating letters had been placed on Wilson’s laptop. In July, it emerged that evidence had also been planted on Gadling’s computer.