Over 130 alleged naxalite prisoners lodged in Nagpur central prison will stage a day-long hunger strike on October 24 in protest against the 'mercilessly' beating of Maoist leader, Angela Teltumbde, wife of senior Naxalite leader, Milind Teltumbde by the Nagpur jail authorities on October 17.
Angela (42), who was arrested from Thane in April this year, was lodged in Byculla jail. She was brought to Nagpur by the Mumbai police on October 10 in connection with some cases in Vidarbha. She has been facing as many as 27 cases and of them over 20 cases are in Gachiroli and Chandrapur courts.
Hearing of a case involving her was scheduled in Kurkheda court in Gadchiroli on October 17. When the police did not ask her for proceeding to Gadchiroli till noon, she enquired about it from the authorities. "If I am to appear in a court in Gadchiroli, I should be there in time. By not producing me before the court, the police officials are violating law," she protested.
Instead of taking her to the Gadchiroli court, the jail authorities allegedly beat her mercilessly.
Angela was later whisked away to Mumbai on October 20 and is now back in Byculla jail.
Angela was active in Chandrapur's students' politics in the 1990s. Daughter of a school teacher, Angela, who did MSc in Biology, was a school teacher in Chandrapur. She married Milind Teltumbde, Maharashtra unit of CPI (Maoist) secretary at Chandrapur, in 1994.
It is said that Anuradha Ghandy, the then central committee member of Maoist group, was present at their marriage reception. Anuradha, wife of CPI (Maoist) politburo member, Kobad Ghandy, later died of malaria in Bastar jungles. Kobad Ghandy was arrested in Delhi a few years ago.
When Milind went underground, she left Chandrapur within a couple of years due to alleged police harassment. She shifted to Mumbai four years ago and was associated with several rights groups. Biplab Teltumbde, Angela's brother-in-law, alleged that she was being even denied proper treatment at Nagpur central prison and later in Byculla jail. "The state should probe the matter and initiate appropriate action against the concerned jail authorities," he demanded.
Surendra Gadling, Angela's lawyer, informed that Susan Abraham, a Mumbai-based lawyer has already met Angela at Byculla jail and raised the issue before the jail authorities.