Dr G N Saibaba may lose his life if jail authorities don’t take action soon

The Committee urges prompt action by the Jail authorities in this regard and save the life of Dr. G. N. Saibaba.

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The Committee for the Defence and Release of Dr G N Saibaba put out a second letter demanding that he be given the basic rights that is allowed of any prisoner. Prison officials have denied Dr Saibaba- who is 90% disabled- access to to reading material, letters and- most alarmingly- medicines.

In 2014, he was incarcerated under UAPA and is in complete isolation in an “Anda cell”, and is at high-risk for COVID. Last week, Dr G N Saibaba announced going on a indefinite hunger strike, starting October 21st as a final resort to access these rights.

The committee listed five basic demands in their press release:

  1. Do not confiscate and withhold the letters written by his family members and friends to him.

2. Supply every day news papers to him which were temporarily stopped due to the Pandemic Covid-19.

3. Allow him to speak to family over telephone at least four times a month during this pandemic time. Provide necessary support to call his advocates whenever required.

4. Make arrangements so that he will receive the necessary medicines and other items given by the family members and advocates immediately without any delay as his health is in precarious condition.

5. Immediately consider his request for parole as he is eligible for a regular parole or under emergency parole due to death of his mother.

Besides this, the committee urged concerned Jail authorities to take swift action so as to stop Dr G N Saibaba’s hunger strike, which would adversely affect his health. They pointed out that prison is meant to be a correctional place, not a place to punish. They fear that if the appropriate action isn’t taken soon, then Dr G N Saibaba might lose his life.

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COMMITTEE FOR THE DEFENCE AND RELEASE OF DR G N SAIBABA: PRESS RELEASE

20-10-2020

To
The Jail Superintendent,
Nagpur Central Prison,
Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Sub: Safeguard the rights of a Prisoner and prevent Dr. G.N. Saibaba from hunger strike by resolving his legitimate demands.

◆◆◆

Respected Sir,

Prof. Dr. G.N. Saibaba convicted under UAPA, is currently lodged in Nagpur Central Prison. He has been a Professor in the Department of English, Ramlal Anand College, affiliated to Delhi University before his arrest.

According to the information from his family members, we learn that Dr. G. N. Saibaba is going on a hunger strike from 21st October 2020 in the Nagpur Central Jail as he was denied basic rights.

He is 90% physically disabled and suffering from several ailments including a heart problem. On behalf of the Committee, we appeal to all the concerned Jail authorities to safeguard the rights of Dr. G.N. Saibaba as a prisoner and prevent him from sitting on hunger strike. We are afraid that his hunger strike will adversely affect his health amounting to further deterioration. You please convey the Defence committee’s appeal to him to defer his decision to go on hunger strike.

We also request you to take appropriate steps immediately to address the demands of Dr. G. N. Saibaba and stop him from going on Hunger Strike. We wish to draw your attention to the fact that prison is more a part of correctional administration and not a punishing place. We also appeal to you to resolve the following just and legitimate demands of Dr. G. N. Saibaba.

◆ Supply the books given by his family members and advocates to him as none of these books are banned under any law of the land.

◆ Do not confiscate and withhold the letters written by his family members and friends to him.

◆Supply every day news papers to him which were temporarily stopped due to the Pandemic Covid-19.

◆Allow him to speak to family over telephone at least four times a month during this pandemic time. Provide necessary support to call his advocates whenever required.

◆Make arrangements so that he will receive the necessary medicines and other items given by the family members and advocates immediately without any delay as his health is in precarious condition.

◆Immediately consider his request for parole as he is eligible for a regular parole or under emergency parole due to death of his mother.

The Committee urges prompt action by the Jail authorities in this regard and save the life of Dr. G. N. Saibaba.

Prof. Haragopal,
Chairman
On Behalf of the Defence Committee*

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