‘72 Naxal offences registered when G N Saibaba was out on bail’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Mar 2017 10:33:24

Staff Reporter,

Emphasising that Maoist ideologue Prof G N Saibaba was ‘mastermind’ of several violent activities in Gadchiroli district, Anti-Naxalite Operation (ANO) has revealed that total 72 Naxal offences were registered in the said district between April 4, 2016 and March 9, 2017 -- the period in which Prof Saibaba was out on bail.

Gadchiroli Police had arrested G N Saibaba, a professor with Delhi University, on May 9, 2014. For a long time, he was denied bail. However, on April 4, 2016, the Supreme Court granted him bail on medical grounds. However, ANO has revealed, since his release on bail till March 9, 2017 -- the date on which he was convicted -- Gadchiroli district registered total 72 offences related to Naxalite/Maoist violence. During this period, two cops were killed by the Maoist terrorists, 20 cops were injured. Besides, 22 civilians also lost their lives and 53 sustained injuries.

The offences registered in Gadchiroli district during the said period include two of attack on cops/blast, 15 of murders, 34 encounters, 12 offences of attempt to murder, two of dacoity, two of arson, and five others. During the same period, the outlaws caused damage to the Government property worth Rs 42,98,000. The damage caused by Maoist terrorists to private property was to the tune of Rs 3,26,52,000.

“Prof Saibaba, though wheelchair-bound, was mastermind of several violent activities of Maoists including arson, killings, kidnappings etc. He was involved, directly or indirectly, in many activities across the country. Investigations have revealed that his main task was to weaken democratic set up in the country through violent activities by way of giving a call to the innocent people to take up arms,” states a press release issued by ANO on Friday. While working as a professor in Delhi, Saibaba worked to brainwash the youngsters, and conspired to effect violence in Gadchiroli district.

As Deputy Secretary of Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), a front organisation of Communist Party of India (Maoist), he roped in youths to take up arms and appeal to them to subvert the democracy, and thus get engaged in anti-national activities.  Interestingly, Gadchiroli Court also found convincing the evidence produced by the police regarding Saibaba’s involvement in Maoist activities.

In fact, the court, in its order, termed Saibaba and his accomplices as ‘Terrorist Gang’. The court stated that prosecution had proved ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Saibaba and other five had ‘on or prior to 12.9.2013 within India hatched criminal conspiracy to wage war against the Government of India and to collect people with the intention of waging war against the Government of India’.

The court further mentioned that they hatched criminal conspiracy ‘to overawe by means of criminal force the Government of Maharashtra and the Government of India, to shake and reduce the faith of the common citizen in its democratic Government by large scale violence destruction of lives and property and thereby destabilise the system of Government established by law, to organise the spread of secessionist and rebellious thoughts by holding convert and secret meetings, to collect money in India for achieving the objects of the said criminal conspiracy by illegal means, to continue unlawful activities of Communist Party of India (Maoist) and its front organisation Revolutionary Democratic Front, for achieving the objects of criminal conspiracy, to continue the activities of Terrorist Gang, banned terrorist organisation or unlawful association, singly or jointly as a member of the Terrorist Gang & banned organisation CPI (Maoist) and its frontal organisation RDF to conspire, advocate, incite, abet and knowingly facilitate the commission of a terrorist act and unlawful activities by use of violence or other unlawful means, to take part or commit or advocate, abet or incite the commission of unlawful activities, being the member of a banned Terrorist Gang.