The statement of the witness is part of the supplementary chargesheet submitted before the special NIA court recently. The chargesheet has six statements made by witnesses, whose identities have been truncated.
Another witness claimed Teltumbde used to attend international conferences in countries like the Philippines, Peru and Turkey under the guise of academic visits and bring back Maoist literature and videos in digital form.
Witnesses told NIA about Umar Khalid, Navlakha too
The witness said the videos and literature were shown to members of CPI (Maoist), a banned organisation, during training and classes.
Teltumbde was arrested on April 14 and is among the eight against whom the NIA submitted a supplementary chargesheet on October 9. The case pertains to caste clashes that broke out at Bhima Koregaon near Pune on January 1, 2018.
The witness also claimed that absconding accused Milind Teltumbde, an alleged senior member of CPI (Maoist), used to discuss plans to expand the naxal movement in urban areas with his brother, Anand. “Milind used to meet Anand for guidance to advance the movement of CPI (Maoist) in the jungle and urban areas,” the chargesheet said. The chargesheet also said Milind used to say his older sibling had inspired him to join the movement.
The chargesheet said among the ‘urban naxals’ are arrested accused Arun Ferreira, cultural group Kabir Kala Manch members Ramesh Gaichor, Sagar Gorkhe and Jyoti Jagtap, Surendra Gadling, Vernon Gonsalves, Gautam Navlakha, P Varavara Rao, Shoma Sen, Sudha Bharadwaj, Rona Wilson, Sudhir Dhawale and Mahesh Raut.
A third witness said he had “heard” about jailed former JNU student Umar Khalid (not named in this case) being an ‘Urban Party Member’ and working with other members in Delhi to promote their agenda. The witness said Khalid was among those who had delivered speeches at Elgar Parishad on December 31, 2017.
Another witness described activist Navlakha as a Maoist sympathiser. “Gautam Navlakha has written books on Maoists, he has visited the jungles along with Swedish writer (not named in statement) and met Maoist leaders. Navlakha has participated in meet of Release of G N Saibaba Defence Committee. Navlakha always speaks on Left-oriented politics. Navlakha is a good friend of Varavara Rao,” the chargesheet said. It further stated Navlakha was involved in civil rights groups.
Referring to recently arrested Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Stan Swamy, a witness told the NIA that since party members were arrested from several parts of the country and the party did not have a face, the 83-year-old was given the “responsibility” as he was against the government. “Sant (as mentioned in statement) Swamy is having his own identity… his own NGO at Jharkhand,” the chargesheet said.