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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested Delhi University Professor Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil in connection with its ongoing probe into the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case.

An NIA spokesperson said that it arrested Tharayil, 54, who is currently working as Associate Professor in Department of English at Delhi University and a resident of Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. The NIA had taken over the probe on January 24 this year from the Maharashtra Police.

The case pertains to inciting people and giving provocative speeches during Elgar Parishad organised by the activists of Kabir Kala Manch at Shaniwarwada in Maharashtra’s Pune on December 31, 2017, which promoted enmity between various caste groups and led to violence resulting in loss of life and property and state-wide agitation in Maharashtra.

During the police investigation, it was revealed that senior leaders of CPI (Maoist), an organisation banned under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, were in contact with the organisers of Elgar Parishad as well as the accused arrested in the case to spread the ideology of Maoism and encourage unlawful activities.

The Pune Police had filed a charge sheet and a supplementary charge sheet in this case on November 15, 2018, and February 21, 2019, respectively. After taking up the probe the anti-terror probe agency had arrested accused Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha on April 14 this year. The spokesperson said that during further investigation, it was revealed that accused Tharayil was propagating Maoist activities and Maoist ideology and was a co-conspirator with other arrested accused.

He will be produced before NIA Special Court in Mumbai on Wednesday and his police custody will be sought for custodial interrogation.

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