Students protesting against the arrest of Prof. Hany Babu on August 12 were detained and the Delhi police have now filed an FIR against them. Hany Babu, an associate professor of English at Delhi University was arrested by the National Investigation Agency on July 28, in connection with the Elgar Parishad case. For a week leading up to the arrest, he had to face gruelling interrogations, in which the NIA said that they had found “incriminating evidence” regarding his participation in the Maoist movement. According to Dr. Jenny Rowena, his partner, the NIA also attempted to push him into implicating other people, his students, and associates.
In September 2019, when the Pune Police was investigating the case, they had seized his laptop, mobile phones, two booklets printed for the G.N. Saibaba defence committee, and two books which included, Yalavarthi Naveen Babu’s From Varna to Jati: Political Economy of Caste in Indian Social Formation and Understanding Maoists: Notes of a Participant Observer from Andhra Pradesh by N. Venugopal. His arrest has been part of a series of arrests of anti-caste and democratic dissenting voices including intellectuals, activists, poets, academics, lawyers, and so on.
Join the Protest Today At 12pm, Arts Faculty, Delhi University gate no. 4 Against the Arresting of Delhi University Professor Hany Babu!
We Are With Professor Hany Babu✊ #ReleaseProfHanyBabu#ReleaseBK12 #FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners pic.twitter.com/KsgS7hYq1A
— Rajveer Kaur (@Rajveer88724) August 12, 2020
Students from various organisations, including All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Bhagat Singh Ekta Manch, had come out to protest against this arrest on August 12 in front of the Arts Faculty of Delhi University. Reports said that they were taken to Maurice Nagar Police Station, where they were detained.
SFI & organisations Protested at Arts Fac DU against the arrest of Prof Hany Babu in Fabricated Bhima Koregaon Case. Protesters detained at Maurice Nagar PS. It was a peaceful protest & it's a sheer violation of right to protest#ReleaseProfHanyBabu#ReleaseAllPoliticalPrisoners pic.twitter.com/tkXr2Bp6AJ
— Sumit K (@sumitktr2) August 12, 2020
The Delhi police registered an FIR against seven students, named Abhigyan (20), Sushil (30), Salman (20), Sangita (26), Rajbir Kaur (25) and Navdeep Kaur (24). The police cited that prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC had been issued in view of COVID-19 pandemic and its guidelines. The FIR was registered under sections 188 IPC, 3 Epidemic Disease Act and 51/57 DM Act.