There was an attempt to attack Delhi University teacher GN Saibaba on Friday when he visited Ram Lal Anand College, where he previously worked, for the annual day celebration.
He wasn’t harmed as students formed a human chain around him and guarded him until the function went on.
“They were raising slogans against me and were not letting me enter the college. But students were very protective and they stayed with me till the function got over,” said the English teacher.
Saibaba was arrested by the Maharashtra police for alleged Maoist links in 2014. After the arrest, he was suspended from college. He suffers 90% disability.
The professor was recently granted bail by the Supreme Court. On Thursday, RLA College’s governing body constituted a one-member committee to revoke his suspension and reinstate him.
Students alleged outsiders misbehaved and tried to attack Saibaba. Disturbed by the incident, students from English department wrote to the college principal and demanded an inquiry into the incident.
“Those who misbehaved with professor Saibaba were not college students,” said the letter. They said those who misbehaved with Saibaba did not represent the opinion of the students and so should not be considered.
“Now that the college is considering reinstating Saibaba, ABVP is trying to create trouble. This is a bizarre thing that is happening on the campus. We really want Saibaba to come to the campus,” said a student who did not want to be named.
ABVP office bearers refused to comment.
A joint delegation of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) and staff association of RLA College appealed to the governing body members to revoke the suspension.
DUTA also appealed to vice chancellor Yogesh Tyagi to intervene and ensure that established norms, procedures and the rules of law are upheld.