A Delhi University lecturer was on Sunday questioned by the police for suspected links with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).
The police later released him after intensive questioning.
A joint team of Andhra Pradesh police and Delhi Police picked up the lecturer — Sunil Mandiwal — from his Ghaziabad residence and recovered some literature from his house. Mandiwal teaches Hindi at Dyal Singh College.
The police questioned Mandiwal on the basis of a statement allegedly provided by top Naxal leader Krishna Rao alias Murthy arrested by the Andhra police a few days ago.
Rao was living on rent in Delhi in Vasant Gaon village in south Delhi till September 2009. After the arrest of another top leader Kobad Ghandy on September 20, 2009 from Delhi, Rao had left the city. Andhra Pradesh police arrested him on March 22.
“One of my friends Krishna Rao who lives in Hyderabad had called me to pay rent on his behalf to his landlord in Vasant Gaon village,” Mandiwal told HT. Police said that Mandiwal was not aware about the Maoist links of his friend.
“I am involved in various democratic activities in the city. When my friend called, I took the books from his house and kept them with me. The police have taken them,” said Mandiwal.
In Delhi since his graduation from Ram Lal Anand College, Mandiwal is a gold medalist in Hindi from Delhi University. In his mid 30s, the father of two has been teaching in the University for the last seven years. Police sources said that he would be made an eyewitness in the case.
Police are also on the lookout of a DU student identified as one Vijay who accompanied Mandiwal to Vasant Gaon to pay the rent.
The police questioned the landlord who had rented the house to the alleged Naxal leader.