Dalit intellectual and human rights defender Anand Teltumbde has sought the special NIA court’s permission for temporary bail to visit his 90-year-old mother for 15 days following his brother – Milind’s – death in an encounter.
Anand Teltumbde is currently in jail under draconian UAPA in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad case. He was arrested by the NIA on 14 April, last year.
In his application, Teltumbde said even though he lost contact with Milind sometime in the 1990’s, his mother is over 90 years and at such a moment of bereavement in the family, he being the eldest, his presence by his mother’s side and siblings would be of great moral support, legal website Live Law reported.
The arrested scholar’s father and youngest brother passed away a couple of years ago.
Milind, one of the country’s top Maoist leaders was killed in an encounter by security personnel in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district along with 26 others on 13 November.
Milind who was the head of the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh zone of the banned CPI (Maoist), carried a reward of Rs 50 lakh for his capture.
The special court has sought the NIA’s response to the plea and kept it next week.