DU professor Saibaba denied bail, says no proper medicine in jail

DU professor Saibaba denied bail, says no proper medicine in jail

Delhi University professor Dr G N Saibaba, who was arrested on charges of having Maoist links, on Friday claimed that he is finding it ''impossible to survive'' in jail as ''no medicine is provided''.

Saibaba’s comments in a letter, released as a statement by his colleagues in the capital, came soon after his bail application was declined by Gadchiroli sessions court.

The statement claimed Saibaba has sent a letter from jail stating that he is suffering from “excruciating pains in the joints, legs and vertebrae”, and that these are “ignored”. “No medicine is provided or tests are conducted,” the statement quoted from the letter.

Saibaba, a wheelchair-bound English professor, was arrested from Delhi University campus by the Maharashtra Police on May 9 after investigators claimed that “evidences have emerged” that he was acting as a “pointsman” between top Maoist leaders and cadre.

Saibaba was named in a charge sheet filed by the Maharashtra Police in a court after the arrests of a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, Hemant Mishra, and activist Prashant Rahi in Gadchiroli last year.

The police claimed that Mishra and Rahi had admitted they were acting as couriers between Maoists holed up in Chhattisgarh’s Abujmad forests and the professor. In the letter, Saibaba alleged that despite suffering from cardiac problems and high blood pressure, “irrelevant medicines are given, like painkillers, which are no use. BP control medicines are not given”.