The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) condemns the arrest of Anand Teltumbde by the Pune Police. He was taken into custody at Mumbai airport at around 3.30 AM.
It may be noted that the Supreme Court of India has granted this renowned scholar four weeks protection from arrest to enable him to obtain bail. That protection period ends only on 11th February.
This shows the highly vindictive policy of the BJP government led by Modi against anyone who is critical of their disruptive communal agenda. In the name of combating ‘urban naxals’ the Sangh Parivar game plan of launching a witch-hunt against human rights activists and secular and progressive scholars cannot be tolerated. The CPI(M) calls upon all democratic and secular forces to strongly protest against this anti-democratic authoritarian assault on freedom of association and expression.