The NIA indicted Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, 54, an associate professor in the Department of English, of eliciting Naxal activities and Maoist doctrine and being a “co-conspirator” in the case.
Novelist Arundhati Roy on Wednesday criticized the government for the relentless and ongoing detention of activists, academics, and lawyers, a day after an associate professor of the Delhi University was arrested by the NIA in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case.
Arundhati Roy said community representing secular, anti-caste, and anti-capitalist politics posed a danger to the government’s “disastrous Hindu Nationalist politics.
The relentless and prevailing detention of activists, academics and lawyers, in this case, is a phenomenon of this Government’s understanding that this nascent, emerging secular, anti-caste and anti-capitalist politics that these people represent, provides an alternative description to Hindu fascism and poses the clearest threat — culturally, economically as well as politically — to its own disastrous Hindu Nationalist politics that has led this country into a dilemma that has blighted the lives of hundreds of millions of people which ironically includes its own proponents, Arundhati Roy told in a statement.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) also accused the arrest of Babu.
The JNUSU contested to students, academics, and all advanced sections of the citizenry to stand together in solidarity at this “dark hour of witch hunts”.
We demand the rapid release of Dr. Babu and other activists and an end to politically motivated investigations, they announced.