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DU 'Maoist' raid: Arundhati Roy hits out at police

PTI  New Delhi, September 15, 2013
First Published: 01:47 IST(15/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:24 IST(15/9/2013)

Writer Arundhati Roy on Saturday came out in support of a Delhi University teacher whose residence was raided on Thursday by a joint team of Delhi and Maharastra police on suspicision of his alleged links with the Maoists.

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The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) has also condemned the raid at the residence of GN Saibaba, a teacher at Ram Lal Anand college.

"It is a serious matter. It has started with a small incident of conducting a raid but it could end up in a serious tragedy," Roy told a press conference at Saibaba's residence in Delhi University's North Campus.

A joint team of Maharashtra and Delhi police had raided and seized a number of hard disks and a few pen drives from his house during the raid at the residence of Saibaba.

Security agencies have been claiming that Saibaba has been associated with an organisation called the Revolutionary Democratic Front, considered to be a front outfit of CPI (Maoist).

The Revolutionary Democratic Fronthas been banned by Andhra Pradesh government.

Roy said just an association with a particular "political outfit" cannot be a reason for conducting a raid.


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