People’s War in India Clippings 26/6/2015


I am not sure if my husband will come out of prison alive: Professor Saibaba’s wife

In the one year since her husband has been incarcerated, A S Vasantha has got to visit him only five times. They have been communicating mostly with letters. In one, he wrote, “I feel like boiled flesh being cooked in a pressure cooker.” Vasantha’s husband, Delhi University English professor G N Saibaba, was arrested on May 9 last year for alleged Maoist links. He has been kept in solitary confinement in an anda cell at Nagpur central prison.

“At the time of his arrest, Sai was 90 per cent disabled due to post-polio paralysis. Now, his condition has deteriorated to such an extent that only his right hand is working. I am not sure if he will come out of prison alive,” she said. Saibaba, who was suffering from high pressure and a heart ailment until last year, has developed stones in both kidneys and the gall bladder. “Sai’s left hand is barely functioning and his backbone has been dislocated. These ailments have crippled his body. Because of the heat and lack of medicine, he has fainted several times and his nose and ears often bleed,” his wife said.


HC set to release Prof Saibaba on bail

MUMBAI: Bombay High Court on Friday indicated that it would release Delhi University professor G N Saibaba next week in order to enable him to take proper treatment in Delhi. Saibaba was arrested by Maharashra police last year for Maoist links and jailed in the Nashik Central Prison. “Why don’t you release him on bail? “asked a bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and Justice Anil Menon while hearing a suo motu public interest litigation converted out of a letter which highlighted the deteriorating condition of Saibaba who is 90 percent disabled due to post-polio paralysis. He is suffering from ailments including of heart, liver and gall-bladder stones and severe back pain. Public prosecutor Sandeep Shinde replied that there is “enough material” against Saibaba and added that the State is providing him every support.

But Justice Shah explained,” “We are not saying we are inclined to quash proceedings. Look at the position of this man and his family !” Justice Menon added,”With solitary confinement, it will get worse.” The bench also remarked that with each passing day his Delhi-based family cannot stay with him in Nagpur. “All facilities are also there in Delhi. Ultimately we want the prisoner to get proper treatment. What difference it makes to you if he is in Nagpur or Delhi? What will be the harm caused to you?, ” asked Justice Shah. It was then that the CJ also said,”We are passing an order indicating that we are inclined to release him on bail.” Purnima Upadhyay of NGO Khoj had drawn High Court’s attention to Saibaba’s worsening condition through her letter.

Earlier her advocate Gayatri Singh informed that due to delays the family has undergone medical expenses of around Rs 1 lakh and it is likely to go up. She urged that Saibaba be granted bail and allowed to go to Delhi where he can undergo treatment in a government hospital like All India Institute of Medical Sciences. “The hospital has treated him earlier,” she added. Singh also said Saibaba’s wife has to come from Delhi everytime and has also to look after his mother and their child. In their order, the bench said it prima facie finds merit in her submission.

Also, it prima facie finds that there is “change in circumstances” after the order was passed by a single HC judge rejecting Saibaba’s bail plea. The bench noted contents of Upadhyay’s affidavit in which she stated that she met Saibaba in prison on June 24. He had to be wheeled in with assistance, his shoulder has been dislocated and his right hand is getting affected due to spinal problems. Besides, his kidney and gall bladder problems have led to urinal infection for which he is taking high dosage of medicines.

The bench said Saibaba requires constant assistance of family members during hospitalisation and its impossible for his wife to constantly accompany him in Nagpur prison. ” In view of the subsequent development, the deterioration of health condition of the prisoner, that it is necessary to re-examine plea of petitioner for release of prisoner on bail subject to conditions and safeguards,” it added. It has posted the next hearing on June 30 asking that documents be kept ready so as to enable completion of formalities for surety and to ensure that there is no further delay.

Naxal held in Badgaon

Police arrested a Naxal during search a operation carried out in a village under the limits of Badgaon police station of the insurgency hit Kanker district. The insurgent was involved in different Naxal incidents, a senior police official informed on Thursday. According to the police, a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and District Police was sent to Pipli village under Badgaon police station limits after getting information that Jugnu alias Jagmohan was in the village.

Maoists call for protest week from July 1

Paderu (Visakhapatnam): The CPI Maoists have asked people to observe protest week from July 1 to 7 in to voice their disapproval of fake encounters, atrocities, arrests, harassments as well as fake surrenders conducted by the police. Malkangiri-Visakha-Koraput division committee secretary Venu urged employees, traders, business establishments and students to observe a division bandh on July 6 and July 7. In a press release issued in the name of CPI Maoists, Venu said cops were indulging in fake exchange of fire, committing atrocities against women, looting the property of villagers and making illegal arrests. “They are making illegal arrests and putting villagers behind bars.

After a few weeks, they are being presented as Maoists who have surrendered and they are being forced to issue statements against Maoists,” he said. He said in a recent incident, around 20 people from Boitili and Killamkota were illegally taken into custody by the cops, tortured and then presented as surrendered Maoists. He challenged Visakha range DIG Ravi Chandra and Visakha Rural SP Koya Praveen to prove that the surrenders were genuine. “All these illegal acts by the cops will unite the people, who will take up the revolutionary path,” he said. The naxal leader urged intellectuals and tribals to condemn these illegal acts and support the protest week. Meanwhile, Maoists set ablaze machinery used for construction of roads at Moyyalagummi village in Lingeti panchayat, Pedabayalu mandal, on Tuesday night. They left a press note in Odiya at the incident spot alleging that cops had been indulging in fake encounters and illegally arresting innocent villagers. On Thursday, a large number of banners were found at Boitili and other areas of G Madugula mandal and Pedabayalu mandal.


Kerala HC bench stays compensation for youth once arrested for alleged Maoist link

The stay on the order to pay compensation came when the government appealed the division bench against the single bench ruling. Acting upon an appeal filed by the Kerala Government, a division bench of Kerala high court on Friday stayed a single bench directive to pay compensation for a youth who had been nabbed by police on charges of alleged Maoist link. Last month, a single bench of the high court had asked the state to pay Shyam Balakrishnan, a native of Wayanad, a compensation of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 10,000 as litigation cost. The directive to pay compensation was part of the high court verdict, which said being a Maoist is not a crime and that a person cannot be arrested merely because is one.

The stay on the order to pay compensation came when the government appealed the division bench against the single bench ruling. Balakrishnan, son of a former high court judge, was illegally picked up by police last year on suspicion of being a Maoist. Alleging police harassment, Balakrishnan moved the high court against the police, claiming that the police action infringed on Article 21 of the Constitution. The court had then said, “being a Maoist is no crime. Freedom of thought and liberty of conscience is a natural right. Freedom becomes unlawful only when it concerns the physical law of the State.”

Directional mine recovered in Kanker

Raipur: Security forces have recovered a powerful directional mine planted by naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Kanker district. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force recovered the directional mine containing around 20 kg explosives yesterday from dense forests under Koyalibeda police station limits, a senior police official told a news agency. Security forces had launched a search operation based on specific inputs into Koyalibeda forests, located around 250 kms from here. While cordoning off a patch between Koyelibeda and Udanpur road, they spotted a directional mine, planted by naxals to harm security personnel during their operations in the region, he said. Subsequently, a Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) reached the spot and destroyed the explosive, the official added.

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