Sukma : A case of murder was registered against Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar, a JNU professor and others in Sukma on the complaint of the wife of a tribal who was killed on 4 November in Chhattisgarh, police said.
“A case was registered against DU professor Nandini Sundar, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor Archana Prasad and others by the police on 5 November at Tongpal police station for the murder of Shamnath Baghel on November 4,” Superintendent of Police (SP) of Sukma IK Elesela told IANS.
“They have been booked under the charges of murder, rioting and trespassing,” the officer added.
According to police, armed Maoists had allegedly killed Baghel in his home in Nama village in Tongpal area of Chhattisgarh.
The officer said that Baghel’s wife in her complaint mentioned that he was getting threats from Maoists after he and other villagers complained against Sundar in May this year.
Sundar on the other hand has rubbished all allegations leveled against her. “Filing an FIR against us is absurd. We haven’t even been to that area since May,” she told ANI.
Coloumnist and Historian Ramchandra Guha also condemned the action against Sundar stating, “This vicious and vindictive FIR proves beyond doubt that Chattisgarh is a police state.” He said that the government’s action simply showed their “utter depravity.”