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I Have Fire In My Eyes, Not Tears, Says Convicted Professor GN Saibaba's Wife

She has called the government fascist.

08/03/2017 12:47 PM IST | Updated 08/03/2017 1:35 PM IST
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A day after Delhi University professor GN Saibaba was convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, his wife Vasantha has criticised the government at the Centre.

The Indian Express quoted her as saying, "Iss fascist government ne humare saath aisa kiya, ki humare aankh me aansu nahi aa rahe hain, aag aa rahi hai (After what the fascist government has done to us, I have fire in my eyes, not tears)."

Saibaba and five others had been convicted by a sessions court in Gadricholi, Maharashtra for allegedly having connections with the banned CPI-Maoists. He was arrested from the DU campus in 2014.

He was given life imprisonment by the sessions court.

Saibaba's brother, who was present during all the hearings, told the newspaper that it seemed like the state and Centre had put pressure on the judiciary to "implement undemocratic policies".

His wife has decided to fight this conviction by the court.

The wheelchair-bound professor running an organisation to help the Maoists with logistics.

He was lodged in the Nagpur jail until April, 2016, when the Supreme Court granted him bail on medical grounds saying that the Maharashtra government had been 'extremely unfair' to him.

Saibaba came under scrutiny after Jawaharlal Nehru University student, claimed that he was acting as a messenger between Professor Saibaba and maoists in Chhattisgarh's Abujmad forests.

PTI had reported that the police then interrogated Saibaba at least four times in the six months before his arrest.

The report claimed that the police believed Saibaba to be the Delhi contact for many Maoist leaders.

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