Having learnt a lesson from the arrest and the subsequent release of leading rights activist Binayak Sen, security agencies are treading a cautious path this time after Thursday’s search and seizure operation in the DU campus home of Prof GN Saibaba.
Saibaba leads the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) that the police claim is a front organisation for the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist).
Thursday’s search operation by a police team from Maharashtra’s Gadhchiroli led to the seizure of a hard disk, laptop, mobile phones, pen drives, etc., from Saibaba’s house.
“While he was not detained, all the equipment have been sent for forensic test,” a top source in a security agency told HT, indicating that they would bide their time till a solid case was made out against the DU professor.
The police were led to Saibaba’s door on the purported disclosures by two alleged overground workers of the CPI (Maoist) — Hem Mishra and Prashant Rahi, who were arrested in Chhattisgarh.
The police claimed to have evidence that Saibaba was in touch with Maoist general secretary Ganapathi alias Muppalla Laxmana Rao.
Saibaba told HT: “RDF is not even remotely connected to the Maoists. All these allegations are the result of whims and fancies of the agencies concerned.”