TDF seeks release of Prof and 4 others, warns of agitation

TDF seeks release of Prof and 4 others, warns of agitation

Hyderabad: Telangana Democratic Forum (TDF) will hold a meeting on April 3 at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram at Bagh Lingampally here to exert pressure on the Centre for release of suspended Delhi University Prof. G.N. Saibaba and four others for alleged links with Maoists.

Speaking to the media here on Thursday, Forum members Kota Srinivas and revolutionary writer Vara Vara Rao said an action plan would be chalked out at the meeting to organise an agitation demanding release of Saibaba and four others.

Keeping in view the health problems of Saibaba, the Centre should take immediate measures to free him from jail, they said.

The forum also alleged that a seven-member fact-finding team constituted by the forum was arrested by the State police at Dummugudem in Khammam district on December 25 and handed over to their counterparts in Chhattisgarh.

The team was nabbed by the police when it was on its way to Chhattisgarh to find out details of an incident in which a 13-year-old tribal boy was killed and a woman raped. “We demand that the government release these seven members,” Srinivas said.

Courtesy: NSS

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Signature Campaign Demanding Relief For Prof Saibaba

Hyderabad: Intellectuals and civil rights activists have participated on Thursday in a signature campaign demanding the governments In Centre and the states to desist from acting against Professor Saibaba and his associates.

Prof Saibaba and others were sentenced to life imprisonment for having contacts with Moist party. Saibaba is 90 percent physically crippled and is confined to a wheel chair. The Gadchiroli district judge who pronounced the sentence commented that no consideration has to be shown in case of Prof Saibaba on account of his physical disability since he is very alert mentally.

The signature campaign was started by writer and rights activists Vara Vara Rao, senior journalist K Ramachandra Murthy, Aam Aadmi Party leader Professor Visweswara Rao, Human Rights leader Jeevan Kumar and Sandhya, a leader of the Left movement. Leaders of CPM, CPI and other political parties besides a large number of intellectuals have taken part in the campaign. Prof Saibaba had spent one year in jail without a single allegation being proved in any court. He was granted bail by Supreme Court.

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