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Bhima Koregaon: Court Arrests Prison Officials For Failing To Respond To Dr Anand Teltumbde’s Request For Homemade Food

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The NIA special court detained the prison authorities for failing to submit a report on the request made by activist Dr. Anand Teltumbde for homemade food.

Teltumbde had moved a request for homemade food on August 28 where he had also raised questions related to his health. The court had ordered the superintendent of the Taloja jail to present a report and also take him to a medical examination. The prison authorities were asked to submit a response before 4 September. The prison has yet to file a guilty plea report with the special court.

Annoyed with this, the court observed: “In various matters, this court has observed that whenever a report is requested from the Superintendent of Taloja, Central Prison or Mumbai Central Prison, they do not bother to submit reports on time, so which obliges the court to keep said request pending due to lack of reports from the prison authorities. Therefore, the Superintendent of Taloja Central Prison and Mumbai Central Prison are directed to submit reports on fixed dates; otherwise, this court will be forced to take action for not following the court’s orders. ”

The court has informed the police commissioner concerned to obtain information and also to take the necessary measures. The court has now asked the prison authority to present the report on the next hearing scheduled for December.

Teltumbde, an engineer and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) graduate who used to teach at the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) and Goa Institute of Management, was arrested after the Supreme Court refused to grant him protection. On April 14, Teltumbde surrendered to the NIA in Mumbai. The NIA had said it needed to investigate Teltumbde’s alleged links to the banned group, the Communist Party of India (CPI, Maoist).

According to the prosecution, Teltumbde made a “provocative presentation” and speeches on December 31, 2017, during an event in Shaniwarwada in Pune, which sparked violence in Bhima-Koregaon in January 2018, statewide unrest and loss of life. . NIA has alleged that Teltumbde was the program coordinator and his call data records show that he was in contact with the other arrested defendants present at the event.

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