Urban Maoist a false accusation, says Anand Teltumbde

Mumbai: Dalit scholar and rights activist Anand Teltumbde, who was briefly arrested by the Pune police last week in the Elgaar Parishad case, Monday said the “Urban Maoist” was a bogey that was being raised to “silence” those who raise their voice against policies of the government.

Teltumbde, who teaches at the Goa Institute of Management, was arrested by Pune police Saturday at the Mumbai airport, despite the supreme court having granted him time till February 11 to seek anticipatory bail. A Pune sessions court, which had Friday rejected Teltumbde’s anticipatory bail application, Saturday ordered his release, saying his arrest amounted to contempt of the Supreme Court’s order.

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