Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha Surrender Before NIA In Elgar Parishad Case

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Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha Surrender Before
Dalit Scholar Anand Teltumbde and activist Gautam Navlakha on Tuesday surrendered before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.

A week after the Supreme Court refused to grant them more time, Teltumbe surrendered at the NIA office in Mumbai’s Cumbala Hill and will be produced before the special NIA court in Mumbai. Navlakha surrendered in New Delhi and will join the proceedings via video conference in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On April 8, the apex court gave the activists three weeks time to surrender and ordered they submit their passports to authorities immediately.

Teltumbde, Navlakha and nine other civil liberties activists have been booked by the Pune Police under the stringent provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for having alleged Maoist links and are accused of being part of the Elgar Parishad event held a day before the Bhima Koregaon violence in Pune on January 1, 2018. The police also said these activists were active members of banned Maoist groups.

Anand Teltumbde is the grandson-in-law of Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar, whose 129th birth anniversary is being observed on Tuesday. Gautam Navlakha has been the editor of Mumbai-based Economic and Political Weekly journal for years.

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