Professor GN Saibaba is a former professor of the Delhi University and is presently serving a life term inside the Nagpur Central Prison for his alleged connections and links to Maoist organisations and think tanks.
He has made up his mind to now undertake a hunger strike beginning from October 21 to protest against the jail authority’s indifference and denial of basic essentials to him.
GN Saibaba has alleged that the authorities have been refusing him basics like books, medicines and clothes for over a month now and to make the authorities pay heed to his needs, he has decided to undertake a hunger strike from October 21. A report carried out in the Hindu said that even his wife has been raising an alarm regarding the fact that her husband is being denied basics like books and medicines in the prison.
She stated, “Saibaba who is lodged in jail since 2014 has been denied all basic human rights where he is not given any letters or allowed any phone calls from me since over a month.”
His wife has been quite vocal about the issues that her husband and activist GN Saibaba has been facing in the jail and has raised an alarm regarding the non-availability of medicines and his several ailments. Saibaba’s lawyer Aakash Sarode has also confirmed that even though he has made attempts to visit him with books, clothes and medicines, the jail authorities have been denying Saibaba access to these commodities without citing any proper reasons.
The jail authorities have however denied all such claims and have said the the allegations are false and that reading materials that are considered to be appropriate are passed on to the inmate after the approval of authorities and civil clothes have not been allowed to any inmate for the fear of infection since the pandemic began.
Saibaba was convicted along with four others for having links to Maoist organisations and for waging war against the country under the Unlawful Activities(Prevention)Act. It was only recently that the activist was denied bail on medical grounds by the Bombay High Court.