New Delhi, Sept. 21: Delhi University teacher G.N. Saibaba is the top co-ordinator of a network linking Maoists and a group of NGOs accused by police of serving as the rebels’ front organisations, government sources have alleged.
The accusation comes after analysis of pen drives, a computer hard disk and cellphones retrieved from Saibaba’s house in the capital last week by police teams from Delhi and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.
Saibaba is believed to have used the aliases Chetan and Prakash to communicate with Maoist central committee members, including general secretary Ganapathy, in the capacity of co-ordinator of front organisations via a complex cyber network.
“A chargesheet is likely to be filed and Saibaba will be prosecuted along with others,” a government source said. “He is the co-ordinator between front organisations and Tactical United Fronts like some pressing for release of political prisoners.”
There is “damning” evidence to prove that Saibaba — he is physically challenged and is a teacher of English literature — had links with Maoists and was involved in “perpetuating” Naxalite plans, the sources said. He could face arrest under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
A former DU professor, Manoranjan Mohanty, said the government was bound to realise its mistake sooner than later if it has Saibaba arrested. As part of the Revolutionary Democratic Front, Saibaba has always been at the forefront of exposing injustice to tribals, Mohanty said.
“He is officially heading a mass organisation and had he been involved with the underground, he would not be openly doing this (fighting against fake encounters or for justice for tribals),” he said.
At a recent central committee meeting, the Maoists are learnt to have conceded facing setbacks in urban centres. If Saibaba is proved to be a go-between, it would be another jolt. Former central committee member Kobad Ghandy, now arrested, is also believed to have a role in the urban spread of the Naxalite movement.
It is known that the Maoists have been using front organisations to mobilise public opinion. But there has been little evidence to pinpoint how it was done. The police claim Saibaba’s case could throw some light on the matter.
Security agencies are studying a list of 128 NGOs in 16 states that are allegedly front organisations of the Maoists. The list has eight organisations from Bengal and three from Gujarat.