Naxal tag creates panic among lecturers in CB Pur

A team of People’s Democratic Forum (PDF) members on Thursday visited the Chikkaballapur Government First Grade College to discuss with the lecturers, who have been accused of being naxal sympathisers.

H Maruthi, Nagaribabaiah, Ramaswamy and Nagaragere Ramesh, members of the People’s Democratic Forum (PDF) visited the Government First Grade College in Chikkaballapur on Thursday. DH Photo

The visit comes in the wake of eight City-based lecturers, including four from the Government First Grade College, accused of being naxal supporters, recently.

The lecturers during the discussion with the PDF members said that they have been victims of petty politicking and internal rivalry at the college.

PDF convener Nagaribabaiah said: “Reports that appeared in Deccan Herald and Prajavani about a few lecturers in the City accused of being naxal supporters jolted us.

We have come here to ascertain if there are naxal activities in the drought-hit Chikkaballapur. The accused lecturers, however, have rubbished the complaints as baseless.”

Additional Director General of Police Bipin Gopal Krishna when contacted on the issue said that there was no grain of truth in the complaints filed against the lecturers. He also urged the accused lecturers not to panic, he added.

Police action

Nagaragere Ramesh, a PDF member, said the police have acted against the lecturers based on the complaints lodged by Chikkaballapur Citizens’ Welfare Committee convener, leaders of Praja Vimochana Chalavali (Kolar), members of various organisations and some residents of Bangalore, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Hebri, Karkala and Udupi and a few students. The police have acted against the lecturers without initiating a preliminary investigation.

To arrive at the truth, the complainants should also be subjected to thorough investigation. The pros and cons of their complaint should be analysed, he added.
“We shall prepare a report after holding discussions with all the accused lecturers and then submit it to the State government,” said Nagaragere Ramesh.

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