Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) reportedly tried to attack Delhi University professor GN Saibaba at Ram Lal Anand College on Monday. This was the third attempt to attack him.
Saibaba escaped unhurt as almost 100 college students formed a human shield around the teacher. The teachers trying to save Saibaba had a scuffle with the protesters.
The authorities called the police to prevent the situation from getting out of hand.
Saibaba, an English teacher with 90% disability, began visiting his college after the Supreme Court granted him bail. His suspension is yet to be revoked but the college’s governing body has constituted a one-member committee to consider his reinstatement.
Saibaba was suspended from the college after he was arrested by the Maharashtra police for allegedly having links with the Maoists.
“They were outsiders, who did not want me to visit the college. They also oppose my reinstatement,” said Saibaba.
Chhatrapal Yadav, Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) joint secretary, who was leading the protest, said Saibaba shouldn’t visit the college as he hadn’t got a clean chit.
“We have told him not to come to college repeatedly, but he doesn’t listen. There are serious allegations against him . He comes to the college to turn students into naxalites,” said Yadav.
Alarmed, the RLA staff association has passed a resolution against the incident.
“We condemn the principal’s inaction. He didn’t act when outsiders were attacking Saibaba and senior teachers. We demand that the committee decide on his reinstatement soon,” said Rakesh Kumar, secretary, RLA staff association.
A similar protest took place on Friday, when Saibaba had gone to attend the college annual day.