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Police in the University

On Thursday, 12 September 2013, a 50 strong police contingent drawn from the Maharashtra Police Force, the Delhi Police Special Cell and the Maurice Nagar police thana, raided the residence of G N Saibaba, an assistant professor in English at Ram Lal Anand College. They brought computer technicians with them. Saibaba, his wife and their 15-year-old daughter were detained for about four hours from 3 PM onwards for an investigation into the use of his residence “as a place for the deposit of stolen property”. Saibaba was not allowed to contact his lawyer, or his colleagues to ensure that the “investigation” would be a fair and transparent one. During the course of this wholly baseless investigation, the entire family was kept captive, prevented from making or receiving calls, or meeting anyone who sought to meet them. The police left sometime after some Delhi University (DU) teachers arrived, began questioning the police and informing the media about the incident. After much persistence, the teachers managed to get the terrified child produced. The police confiscated a large number of college documents, pen-drives, a laptop, a tablet microchip, mobile phones (including the minor daughter’s phone), debit and credit cards, and bank passbooks, none of which were “stolen property”.

The university community is deeply concerned that a pattern of targeting, thrashing, molesting and otherwise intimidating and bullying university students and teachers, including persons with disabilities (PwDs), has developed. It is a matter of grave concern that an employee of the university and a wheelchair-bound person with 90% disability has been subject to this manner of intimidation, invasion of privacy, and violation of civil and human rights.

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