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Release G N Saibaba 

Release G N Saibaba 

On 9 May 2014 plain-clothed policemen from Maharashtra abducted G N Saibaba, teacher at Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand College. This is symptomatic of the impunity with which the police and paramilitary have been conducting themselves, with the sole difference that this is happening in a place like the Delhi University campus. When a university teacher is clandestinely taken away by the police from another state (Maharashtra) from India’s capital, anyone who upholds norms and procedures, rule of law and above all, those very fundamentals that define a democratic polity, should tremble in indignation.

It is astounding to see the continuing harassment of Saibaba and his family despite several representations to the Delhi University, as well as the National Human Rights Commission, which incidentally had taken note of the gross violations during the illegal police raid on his house last year.

Saibaba, who suffers from 90% disability and is wheelchair-bound, was blindfolded and pushed into a vehicle. His partner Vasantha was informed through a mysterious call that her husband was being taken to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, but no information was given of the warrant under which he was arrested or what were the charges. It is only now that we have received news from lawyers in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra that Saibaba has been produced before the magistrate and was sent to judicial custody.

We strongly demand that he be released unconditionally without delay.

S A R Geelani, Amit Bhattacharyya,
Bojja Tharakam, N Venuh, M N Ravunni,
P Koya, Rona Wilson
Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners,
NEW DELHI

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