A Delhi University professor was arrested by the Maharashtra Police for his alleged links with the Maoists.

Professor G.N. Saibaba, was arrested on Friday by the Anti-Naxal Operations unit of the Maharashtra police in New Delhi. He was later flown to Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.

Confirming the developments, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) - Anti Naxal operations, Ravi Kadam, told The Hindu that Mr. Saibaba was arrested on the counts of aiding (Maoists) and criminal conspiracy. Mr. Saibaba was arrested from Delhi.

According to police sources, Mr. Saibaba — a member of the CPI (Maoist), was in touch with top Naxal leaders, including their chief Muppalla Laxmana Rao a.k.a. Ganapathi, through a series of couriers.

Mr. Saibaba’s name had cropped up during the interrogation of Jawaharlal Nehru University student Hem Mishra, who reportedly claimed before interrogators that he was acting as a "courier" between the professor and the banned cadres of Maoists holed up in Abujmaad forests of Chhattisgarh.

“Mr. Saibaba, a part of the CPI(Maoist) entered into a criminal conspiracy with alleged naxal leaders and helped them organised meetings. He was also in touch with arrested naxals Hem Mishra and Prashant Rahi who were arrested in 2013,” Mr. Kadam said.

Mr. Mishra was arrested in August 2013 and Mr. Rahi was arrested in September 2103. Both were charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The police calimed they were couriers who helped in delivering documents.

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