New Delhi, Nov 8: Noted historian and columnist Ramachandra Guha on Tuesday slammed the government for filing an FIR against Delhi University (DU) professor Nandini Sundar in a murder case.
Sundar has been booked along with a professor of JNU and others on charges of murder of a tribal villager in the insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Tuesday.
This is what Guha tweeted:
This vicious and vindictive FIR proves beyond doubt that Chattisgarh is a police state: https://t.co/RjEj1e4Q6r— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) November 8, 2016
Professor Nandini Sundar is one of the bravest, and most decent, Indians I have known. The CG Govt's action shows their utter depravity— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) November 8, 2016
Armed Naxals had allegedly killed the villager, Shamnath Baghel, with sharp weapons on late night on November 4 at his residence in Nama village under Kumakoleng gram panchayat in Tongpal area, around 450 km from Raipur.
"An FIR was lodged against DU Professor Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad (JNU Professor), Vineet Tiwari (of Delhi's Joshi Adhikar Sansthan), Sanjay Parate (Chhattisgarh CPI (Marxist) State Secretary) and others along with Maoists for the murder of Baghel based on the complaint of his wife on Saturday," Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri told reporters.
They were booked under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 and 149 of IPC.
"As per the complaint lodged by the victim's wife, her husband had been getting threats from Maoists since he and other villagers had complained against Sundar in May this year. Even armed Maoists were referring to that complaint and anti-Maoist demonstrations while attacking Baghel on Friday," the IG said.