Dr G N Saibaba Calls Off Hunger Strike as Jail Authorities Accept His Demands  

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G N Saibaba

The jail authorities allegedly confiscated the paper clippings sent to him by his family members through post

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Mohd Aasif | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Wheel-chair-bound former Delhi University professor Dr. G.N. Saibaba, lodged in Nagpur Central Jail, has called off his hunger strike after all his demands were accepted by the jail authorities.

Dr Saibaba has been arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on charges of having links with Maoists.

Prof. Hargopal, Chairman of the Committee for the Defence and Release of Dr. G.N. Saibaba on Thursday said in a press statement that the Additional DIG (Prisons) visited him in Central Jail on 20 October. The DIG negotiated with Dr. Saibaba and accepted all his demands. The information was conveyed to family members in a telephonic conversation with Dr. Saibaba

According to the statement, the Additional DIG (Prisons) has instructed the Nagpur Central Prison officers to hand over all the confiscated and withheld letters written to him by his wife, family members and advocates. “Jail authorities shall not stop the medicines given by his family members and advocates”, Prof. Hargopal said.

The complaint letter documenting the harassment of Dr. Saibaba and lack of basic rights in the prison since the last few months addressed to the ADG (Prisons), Pune was allegedly held illegally by the jail authorities. “It shall be delivered”, the statement reads.

The jail authorities allegedly confiscated the paper clippings sent to him by his family members through post. The demands include that the paper clippings would be given to him immediately and would not be confiscated in future.

Dr. Saibaba had also demanded that books sent by the family members be delivered to him.

But according to the phone call received on Thursday, none of these demands have been met yet.

The jail authorities informed Dr Saibaba on Wednesday that the second parole application filed by his brother Ramadevudu had been rejected. The reasons for the rejection of the parole are not known and they did not provide any rejection order copy to him, as they ought to have. Parts of the rejection order were read out orally, but proper information was not provided to Dr. Saibaba. So far, the family has not received a copy of this rejection order.

Dr. Saibaba was a professor at Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand College. He is a left-leaning academician and activist. According to a report published in The Indian Express, Judge SS Shinde had convicted him in connection with his Maoist links under Sections 13, 18, 20, 38 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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