Intellectuals, Academicians Oppose DUTA Letter to DU VC for Reinstating ‘Naxal’ GN Saibaba

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Intellectuals and academicians have raised strong objections to the Delhi University Teachers Association for writing a letter to the Delhi University Vice Chancellor for reinstating terminated Assistant Professor GN Saibaba.
A sessions court in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra had convicted GN Saibaba for links with Maoists and sentenced him to life imprisonment in March 2017.
His services were terminated by the Delhi University last week.
Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA) has noted that DUTA has gone beyond its mandate in writing a letter to the university VC for reinstating a convicted criminal.
GIA has noted “GN Saibaba is not just a Maoist but rather his actions have also had severe consequences.”
The intellectuals forum has severely criticised DUTA for defending a convicted criminal. It accused the DUTA of not taking “the opinion of teachers of the University on such an important issue of National Security and National importance.”
Twenty two jawans were martyred and more than 30 injured in an encounter with Maoists in Bijapur on April 3.
Many academicians, intellectuals and members of civil society have been asking the government to take action against those who not only defend the actions of the Maoists but provide fodder too for a terrorist ideology.