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Left Wing Extremists' Urban Presence Growing Stronger

The arrest of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba for his alleged Maoist links has perturbed not only his colleagues and friends, but also security and intelligence agencies

Published: 11th May 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th May 2014 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

The arrest of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba for his alleged Maoist links has perturbed not only his colleagues and friends, but also security and intelligence agencies closely monitoring the trails of Left wing extremists in urban areas.

Prof-G-N-Saibaba.pngA top secret dossier on Maoist urban plan accessed by the Express reveals that Saibaba and a few other Maoist sympathisers were under the scanner of central intelligence agencies since 2004 for alleged pro-Maoist activities in Delhi.

Although Saibaba and his colleagues denied the charges, the secret document reveals that Maoists have been recruiting professionals, including teachers and doctors, as over ground members, who have been regularly attending meetings and contributing to Maoists coffers.

As per the dossier, Saibaba’s activities were monitored for his alleged role in supporting the Naxal movement.

Intelligence reports claim he had travelled to the UK in 2009 to speak on the Naxalite movement on behalf of the Coordination Committee of Revolutionary Communists of Britain.

Three other UK-based organisations -- the World People’s Resistance Movement, George Jackson Socialist League and Indian Workers Association sponsored the event.

The document said Saibaba’s organisation, the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), had organised meetings discussing the Kashmir issue and advocated the state’s independence from India. Some meetings related to Left wing extremism was also organised at his residence in 2010.

A senior intelligence official said Saibaba’s alleged link with top Maoist leader Ganapathy was established after the arrest of JNU student Hem Mishra in Gadchorli last year. Mishra, during interrogation, revealed that Saibaba was an over ground worker and responsible for providing logistical support to Maoists.

However, Saibaba in January 2014 denied these charges. After his three interrogations since September 2013, the RDF claimed that he was a victim of police and intelligence policy of undermining all opposition.

A protest march was organised by Saibaba’s friends and supporters on Saturday, condemning the “arbitrary” and “illegal” action by the police in connivance with the university authorities. They claimed his arrest was an attempt to stifle voices of dissent and suppress those who were vocal against injustice and oppression.

But, the intelligence report on Maoist footprints in Delhi reveals a different version of red terror that has killed 5,772 civilians and 2,065 security personnel in the last one decade. It said Maoist sympathisers were scouting in areas like Badarpur, Model Town, Khoda Colony, Palam, Vasant Kunj and Sahibabad to tap potential cadres from among lawyers, teachers, trade unionists and doctors.

“Delhi has never witnessed violent Naxal incidents as is common in other affected areas, primarily because Delhi is being targeted to tap the intelligentsia, so that they take up the Maoist cause. It is part of a larger Naxal strategy to keep Delhi their safe haven and use the state for activities like recruitment, motivation, ideological training etc,” the dossier said.



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