STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 17 September
Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) president, Ms Nandita Narain, has written a letter to the home minister, Mr Sushi Kumar Shinde, seeking his intervention in the raid conducted by a team of Maharashtra police at a Delhi University teacher&’s residence last week for alleged Naxal links.
On 12 September a team of Maharashtra police accompanied by Delhi police special cell raided the residence of Dr G N Saibaba, an assistant professor in English at Ram Lal Anand College alleging that his house was used “as a place for deposit of stolen property.”
A day later Maharashtra police claimed that they had extracted a confession from a Jawaharlal Nehru University student, Hem Mishra stating that a microchip found in his possession was given by Dr Saibaba. The police also allegedly claimed to have records of internet chat session between Dr Saibaba and several top Maoist leaders. Dr Saibaba has categorically denied any knowledge of any microchip or indeed of any contact with Hem Mishra. Dr Saibab has also termed the allegation of internet chat and stolen property outrageous and baseless. Ms Narain said that the police may use these grounds to frame charges against Dr Saibaba and may arrest him.
“Dr Saibaba suffers from 90% disability and is wheelchair-bound. Given his condition, such unnecessary and excessive police action is especially traumatic not only for him but for his entire family,” Mr Narain said urging the home minister for prompt and positive action.