MUMBAI: Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde was arrested in Mumbai early this morning His request for protection from arrest was rejected by Pune court Violence broke out after December 31 Elgar Parishad in Koregaon Bhima Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde, an accused in Bhima-Koregaon case, was arrested at Mumbai airport early this morning. Mr Teltumbde was arrested by the Pune police a day after his request for protection from arrest was rejected by a court. The Pune Sessions Court on Friday had denied the pre-arrest bail application citing sufficient material against Mr Teltumbde. "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.
Anand Teltumbde has been kept at Vile Parle police station in Mumbai, news agency ANI reported.
Mr Teltumbde approached the Pune court for protection from arrest after the Supreme Court rejected his petition seeking to cancel the First Information Report (FIR) against him in connection with the Koregaon Bhima violence in 2017.
According to Pune Police, Maoists were behind the Elgar Parishad conclave held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31, 2017. Several activists made inflammatory speeches and provocative comments at the event, leading to violent clashes at the Koregaon Bhima war memorial the following day, police had said.