[Reader-list] prof gn saibabas house radaid

Asit Das asit1917 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 16 04:28:06 CDT 2013

In an unprecedented act of terror to terrorise, on the 12 September 2013,
around 3 pm, a joint operation of a team from the National Investigation
Agency (NIA), 7 members from the Special Cell of the Delhi Police, 15
member police team from the Aheri police station, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra,
7 member police team from the Maurice Nagar Police Station, Delhi
University—all put together 50 member squad—barged into the premises of the
quarter in which Prof. GN Saibaba was staying with the family. The Aheri
police team comprised of Mr. Suhas P Bawache who happens to be the
Investigating officer of the case in which Hem Mishra, a JNU student has
recently been shown as arrested in Aheri police station limits. Additional
SP Shashi Kumar was also part of the team. The NIA team refused to reveal
their identity. Sub Inspector Sanjeev Kumar identified himself as part of
the Maurice Nagar Station while his colleague Narendra Dubey from the same
station refused to reveal his rank. As mentioned before the team comprised
of 50 members just to raid the premises of a family comprising of
three—Prof. GN Saibaba who moves in a wheel chair with serious disability,
his life partner AS Vasantha and their daughter Manjeera in her teens.
Undoubtedly it was an act of intimidation, cold and calculative.
Prof. GN Saibaba had just returned from Ramlal Anand College where he
teaches in the English department. Sooner than later the marauding team of
police/intelligence had seized all the mobiles—Saibaba, his partner AS
Vasantha and daughter Manjeera—and confined them to a room. Even his driver
was not spared as he was not allowed to leave. The main gate of the
premises was locked from inside. The doors of the quarter were locked or
manned by the team. No one was allowed to go inside. Whosoever tried was
threatened with dire consequences in the form of cases.  Prof. GN Saibaba
insisted that the warrant for search be shown. The response was outright
shouting and blatant threats from the police/intelligence/special cell.
After doggedly persisting they finally showed him the warrant which was
issued by the First Class Judicial Magistrate from Aheri, NG Vyas, to
purportedly recover “stolen property” from the premises of Prof. GN Saibaba
under Section 93, 94 of the Cr PC! Prof. GN Saibaba insisted that he be
allowed to talk to his lawyer so that the search can happen in his
presence. This was ridiculed and ignored as the police insisted they can do
anything. Prof. GN Saibaba further added that he wanted to talk to the
president of the Delhi University Teacher’s Association as it was a blatant
violation of the rights of the faculty as such raids cannot be conducted in
the university premises. This was further ridiculed by the Maurice Nagar
police as they maintained there is no need for any such permission as they
can go anywhere with such a warrant. For three and half hours Prof. GN
Saibaba and his family had to undergo the humiliation and intimidation
resorted to by the raiding team. They went on ransacking his house making
vulgar comments about the voluminous books that were present in his
household. Then they pried into his study material that was used for his Ph
D and started commenting on that too. Finally when the teachers started
gathering before the house and the media got curious the raiding party left
after three and half hours taking away his hard discs, laptop, computer,
pen-drives, 3 mobile instruments, 2 SIM cards, booklets and magazines, old
copies of People’s March which is a registered magazine, booklet on
Kishenji after his killing brought out by intellectuals, Arunatara the
organ of the Revolutionary Writer’s Association, Andhra Pradesh, most
issues of Jan Pratirodh, organ of Revolutionary Democratic Front in which
Prof. GN Saibaba is the Joint Secretary.
All the previous addresses of the houses in which Prof. Saibaba had stayed
before shifting to this quarter in the North Campus were listed as places
from where “stolen property” can be” recovered”! From the wording of the
search warrant itself it is evident that since the police doesn’t have any
other argument to show for this act of highhandedness they have got this
order sanctioned by the magistrate with the lame pretext of seizing “stolen
property”. What is the “stolen property” that can be “recovered” from a
known academic, public intellectual, who is politically active and is
residing in Delhi? And the seizure list that has been mentioned above also
reveals the nature of the “stolen property” that was “recovered” from the
premises of Prof. GN Saibaba.
If a learned academic of Delhi University can be treated so brazenly with a
wonder document like a search warrant to recover “stolen property”, it is
high time that tomorrow anyone can be harassed and even framed with a
factious document like the above mentioned search warrant that is nothing
but the figment of imagination of a criminal police out to incriminate
anyone who dares to speak against the state. One need not mention what his
teenage daughter might have gone through while the 50-member team run rough
shod of their house. One is forcefully reminded of the days of emergency
when such acts of terror of the police and the intelligence were the order
of the day. One is once again reminded of the plight of the adivasis in
deep interiors who have been surrounded of hundreds of thousands of
paramilitary as part of raiding their households so as to browbeat them to
submission.  Increasingly and quite alarmingly this is being re-enacted on
a day to day basis in various urban centres on people’s
intellectuals/activists as an act to weed out all dissent that is taking
shape here amidst increasing desperation of the people who are at the
receiving end of policies of a state that has brought increasing miseries
for them. As we have mentioned time and again this is the manifestation of
the heights of impunity of a penal system teethed with draconian laws
trying to tame in desperation the increasing indignation of the people.
CRPP condemns such authoritarian, arbitrary acts of the joint team of
NIA-Special Cell-Aheri Police-Local Police on Prof. GN Saibaba and his
family. This act which is at best an incriminating one is primarily
intended to implicate Saibaba and his family in the case of Hem Mishra. As
they don’t have anything to show before the court the desperate police and
intelligence agencies are resorting to criminal ways of implicating people
who are fearlessly opposing the fascist policies of the Indian state
against the most oppressed and exploited in the subcontinent. We call upon
all democratic and progressive forces to stand united against such fascist,
brazen, anti-people assaults on our freedoms!
In Solidarity,
*SAR Geelani,*
*Amit Bhattacharyya*
Secretary General
*MN Ravunni*
Vice President
*P Koya*
Vice President
*N Venuh*
Vice President
*Rona Wilson*
Secretary Public Relations
*Hany Babu*
Convenor, Delhi Chapter

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