Nandini Sundar, 48-year-old activist and a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, DU has been booked in connection with the murder of Shamnath Baghel, a resident of Nama Village, who was killed by Maoists on 4th November in Maoist-hit-Bastar.
In April this year, the youth of Nama and other neighbouring villages had started a protest against the Maoist activities by forming a local security group against them. Police officials say that Sundar along with others had tried to convince them to not oppose the Maoists.
Professor Sundar is now accusing the police of coercing Baghel’s wife to file a complaint against her, and according to an NDTV report, she responded to the charges by saying, “It is absurd, bizarre and patently malafide. I haven’t been in Bastar in months.”
Sundar and Archana Prasad, a JNU Professor are among the 10 accused in the crime. The police says that post-investigation, strongest action will be taken.
Professor Sunder has reportedly worked and wrote a lot on Maoist-hit regions like Bastar. Her PIL led the Supreme Court to ban the state supported, anti-maoist militia called Salwa Judum, calling it unconstitutional.
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