Wednesday, April 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Who is Angela Milind Teltumbde

Who is Angela Milind Teltumbde
Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times
Nagpur, April 27, 2011
First Published: 01:56 IST(27/4/2011)

Angela Milind Teltumbde (41), who was arrested at Thane on Monday, was
very active in students' politics in Chandrapur in the 90s. Daughter
of a school teacher, Angela Sontakke, married Milind Teltumbde, now
the secretary of Maharashtra unit of CPI (Maoist) at Chandrapur in
1994. It was said
that Anuradha Ghandy, the then central committee member of Maoist
group, was present at the 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.
Angela, who did MSc in Biology, was a school teacher in Chandrapur.

When Milind went underground, she left Chandrapur within a couple of
years because of police harassment. She shifted to Mumbai four years
ago and was associated with several rights groups.

Police were looking for her after the arrest of Sudhir Dhawale (42),
an alleged aide of Teltumbde, at Wardha. Dhawale, a resident of
Byculla was in Wardha to attend the Ambedkar Yuva Sahitya Sammelan
when he was arrested in January this year.

Incidentally, Milind Teltumbde, Sudhir Dhawale and Angela belong to
dalit community. Naxalite movement watchers in the region point out
that a large number of educated dalit youths were motivated and
drafted into the ultra-Left movement by naxalite ideologue Kobad
Ghandy and his wife, Anuradha, both of whom used to stay in north
Nagpur (a dalit dominated area in Nagpur) in the '80s. The Ghandys
were instrumental in setting off the civil rights movement in Nagpur
and Vidarbha during the period and involved more dalits to join them.

Later, they went underground and rest is history -- Kobad Ghandy
became a politburo member and Anuradha became the central committee
member of CPI (Maoist) before dying of cerebral malaria a few years

Milind Teltumbde, whose brother Anand, a dalit scholar, is married to
granddaughter of Babasaheb Ambedkar The deputy inspector general of
police (DIG) of anti-naxal squad, Ravindra Kadam, claimed that Angela
was one of the members of state committee of CPI (Maoist), Maharashtra
unit. "She was also involved in a case at Deori in Gondia district,"
he informed.

Kadam dismissed the rumours that a couple of suspected naxalites were
arrested in Vidarbha region after the arrest of Angela.

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