INDIA: Delhi University professor held for link to Maoists

Saturday 10 May 2014

Date: 10 May 2014

Type: News

Source: The Asian Age

Keywords: Human rights violations

Writer-activist Arundhati Roy protests arrest by Maharashtra cops

A Delhi University English professor was arrested Friday morning in New Delhi for alleged links to Maoists. The arrest was by the Maharashtra police.

Prof. G.N. Saibaba was taken into custody around 11.45 am when he was at Daulat Ram College to check some examination papers. He was flown to Maharashtra by the afternoon. The police said he was arrested for being a member of a banned outfit (CPI-Maoist), providing logistics and helping recruit for the group. Police sources said he was a key link between the CPI(Maoist) central committee and its “urban” bases.

Intelligence agencies claim such activities are part of the Maoist strategy for an “‘urban” push via sympathisers and overground workers in cities like Delhi.

Prof. Saibaba’s wife Vasastha said his arrest was done in a “clandestine” way, and claimed her wheelchair-bound husband was being harrassed by the police. Other family members, as well as writer-activist Arundhati Roy, also came out in his defence, terming the arrest “illegal”.

Police sources said Prof. Saibaba’s name had cropped up during interrogation of arrested JNU student Hemant Mishra, who was acting as a courier between him and Naxalite cadres in Chhattisgarh’s Abhujmad forests. His computer too was seized for analysis.

Maharashtra police sources said he will be taken to Nagpur and then Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. In Delhi, DCP (north) Sindhu Pillai said the professor had been questioned over his Maoist links at least four times in the past six months. After his arrest, he was brought to the Civil Lines police station before being taken to the airport.###

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