Jagan, who was also a member of Virasam, an association of revolutionary writers, has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

news Controversy Friday, October 11, 2019 - 09:34

A team of police personnel from Telangana's Jogulamba Gadwal district on Thursday arrested an assistant professor who worked at Osmania University, claiming that he had suspected links with Maoists.

37-year-old K Jagan, who was picked up from his residence in Hyderabad, was also a member of Viplava Rachayitula Sangham (Virasam), a revolutionary writers' association.

Reports stated that a case was registered against Jagan under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and some documents and gadgets were seized from his house.

Besides the Gadwal police, Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) personnel were also present, and searches were conducted at his flat in Tarnaka. 

The arrest comes a day after the Nallakunta police registered a case against Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika (TVV) president Maddileti, claiming that he had links with Maoists.

“We have registered a suo motu case against a few persons for having links with Maoist and Jagan was one of the accused booked under UAPA and 120-A (conspiracy) of IPC. So far, we have arrested three persons in connection with the case and teams are formed to nab Maddileti,” an official told The Hindu.

The police have reportedly also booked a case of sedition against Jagan, Maddileti and two others. Police added that they had arrested Jagan after the arrest and confession of two other people earlier this week.

Meanwhile, members of Virasam and the Civil Liberties Committee (CLC) protested the alleged high-handedness of the police, while arresting Jagan, and said that due process was not followed. They also condemned the claims of the police, linking a student organisation like TVV, with the Maoist party.

They also alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government was cracking down on human rights activists including Jagan, because they were speaking up against the exploration for uranium mining in the Nallamala forest.