Will struggle it out, says arrested DU professor Hany Babu’s spouse


New Delhi, July 29

Delhi University Professor Hany Babu’s spouse Jenny Rowena on Wednesday mentioned they won’t be damaged by his arrest and can struggle the case in courtroom, a day after he was taken in custody by the NIA within the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad case.

Rowena, who teaches at Delhi University’s Miranda House, learnt about her husband’s arrest round 5.30 pm on Tuesday.

The NIA has accused Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil (54), an affiliate professor within the Department of English, of propagating Naxal actions and Maoist ideology and being a “co-conspirator” within the Elgar Parishad case.

Babu can also be a member of The Committee for the Defence and Release of GN Saibaba, a former DU professor serving life sentence over costs of getting Maoist hyperlinks.

“They were asking him (Babu) about his role in the defence committee,” Rowena informed PTI over telephone.

“They also found in his computer a file which they said is highly incriminating… He was sitting with such a file on his computer for them? They are cooking up this fabricated story. They are using that file only to link him to Maoists,” she alleged.

The case pertains to an Elgar Parishad occasion of December 31, 2017, organised by the Kabir Kala Manch at Shaniwarwada in Pune, the place alleged provocative speeches have been made, selling enmity between varied caste teams and resulting in violence leading to lack of life and property and state-wide agitation in Maharashtra, an NIA official had mentioned on Tuesday.

The Pune Police had in September final 12 months performed a raid on Babu’s home and seized his laptop computer and a few books.

When requested concerning the file, Rowena mentioned Babu informed her that the police didn’t present it to him however claimed it had some letters exchanged amongst Maoists and his title was talked about in them.

“We are getting overwhelming support. I am not the kind of a person who will be broken by it and even Babu is not the kind of a person. We will stay strong and positive and will come out of it,” she mentioned, including they may “fight out the case in the court”.

Writer Arundhati Roy, the Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Association, the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) additionally got here out in assist of Babu and slammed his arrest.

In an announcement, Roy alleged it’s a manifestation of an understanding that the “anti-capitalist” politics that these activists signify poses the clearest risk to this authorities’s insurance policies.

The Federation of Central Universities Teachers’ Association (FEDCUTA) mentioned the fees in opposition to Babu look like much like these in opposition to different teachers arrested within the case, like Prof Anand Teltumbde and Prof Shoma Sen.

“It is evident that this is yet another attempt to muzzle academic freedom,” it alleged in an announcement.

The threat of catching COVID-19 an infection throughout his incarceration is an actual risk, the assertion mentioned, expressing hope the judiciary would set Babu free.

The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association referred to as Babu’s arrest “a blatant silencing of dissent”.

The JNUSU appealed to college students, teachers and all progressive sections of the citizenry to face collectively in solidarity with Babu. PTI



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