Sympathy his biggest crime? Maha police arrest wheel-chair bound DU prof for alleged Maoist links
Delhi police was taken into confidence by Maharashtra police before the arrest was carried out.
The professor, identified as G N Saibaba, was arrested while he was returning from Daulat Ram College in Delhi University after examination duty. Following his arrest, Saibaba was produced in a local court to take his transit remand and thereafter taken to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. Police said Saibaba was arrested as he had refused to join investigation despite a notice sent to him.
‘Maharashtra police had an arrest warrant. Senior officials have informed us about their operation,’ Sindhu Pillai, deputy commissioner of police (north) said. Another senior police official in the Delhi police said that Maharashtra police said that ‘the professor was an active member of banned terror outfit-- CPI-Maoist. From Delhi, he used to provide logistic support to the organisation and help them in the recruitment process.’
Sources in Maharashtra police told Millennium Post that ‘it is yet to be ascertained whether the professor used to influence DU students to join the terror outfit. Since Friday morning he has been questioned but he did not reveal anything. In the evening, we brought him to Maharashtra where he will be intensively quizzed.’
Since the past six months, the police claim, the professor was under scanner. The police team used to visit Delhi very frequently to question him. His name cropped up after the arrest of Hemant Mishra, a student of JNU. During interrogation, Mishra confessed that he was acting as a courier between the professor and Maoists holed up in Abujmad forests in Chhattisgarh. The three other accused, Kobad Ghandy, Bacha Prasad Singh and Prashant Rahk, members of the outfit, are also alleged to have named the professor.
Saibaba’s mobile phone, personal computer has been taken into possession and sent for forensic examination. The professor was allegedly working as a front for the banned organisation. However, Saibaba has denied all the charges.