Published: 28th July 2020
Hany Babu arrested for 'propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideas', to be produced in court tomorrow
The Associate Professor of English was summoned by the NIA to its Mumbai office for investigation on July 15
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Tuesday arrested Delhi University Associate Professor Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil in connection with Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case. In a statement, the NIA said that Babu was propagating Naxal activities and Maoist ideology and has called him a co-conspirator with other accused in the case. He was reportedly arrested from Mumbai where he will be presented before a special bench on Wednesday.
The Associate Professor of English was summoned by the NIA to its Mumbai office for investigation on July 15. He was also booked for sedition last year and his home was searched because of his involvement in the Bhima Koregaon case. According to sources, the NIA has arrested the teacher on the basis of the contents of his computer which was confiscated in 2019. Sources also added that Babu will be produced in court on Wednesday and police custody will be sought to further the investigation.
About ten months ago, the Maharashtra police had searched Babu’s home and took away his documents, books and other materials. After a six-hour raid, the professor and his wife were informed that the search had been conducted in connection with the Bhima Koregaon incident, during this time they were also questioned on their connection with imprisoned activist Rona Wilson. The professor and his wife, Jenny Rowena, also a professor at DU are both anti-caste activists and part of the Alliance for Social Justice, a body involving students, teachers, administration staff from marginalisections. ions