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Ex-DU professor GN Saibaba, jailed for Maoist link, tests Covid-19 positive

Asked if he will be kept isolated from others, Kumre said: "He is already lodged in a separate Anda cell. He will be treated in his cell only by the jail doctor."

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur |
Updated: February 13, 2021 7:30:05 pm
Professor G N Saibaba. (File)

FORMER Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, who was convicted for having Naxal links by a Gadchiroli court in 2017, has tested positive for Covid-19 in Nagpur Central Prison.

Confirming the news, Jail Superintendent Anup Kumre told The Indian Express, “He had little bit of cold, cough and fever. So, we got him tested on Thursday. His report came on Friday and he was found to be corona positive. We have sent him to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for a check-up and once back, we will treat him here in the jail itself like we have treated other inmates.”

Asked if he will be kept isolated from others, Kumre said, “He is already lodged in a separate Anda cell. He will be treated in his cell by the jail doctor.”

Two days ago, underworld don Arun Gawli, who is also lodged in Nagpur prison, had also tested positive for Covid-19.

Gawli, however, was granted parole several times, including for his son’s and daughter’s wedding. On one occasion he was also granted parole to attend his mother’s funeral.

The government, however, did not grant Saibaba parole even to attend his mother’s funeral.

Kumre said that currently 10 inmates were Covid-19 positive and under treatment in the prison.

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Saibaba’s wife Vasantha has been expressing apprehension that her husband is likely to contract infection, which might prove detrimental to his life since he has other comorbidities. Several earlier attempts by Saibaba’s lawyers to get bail for him on health grounds were rejected by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court.

The government had also rejected his parole plea, which he had filed to meet his ailing mother at Hyderabad late last year. The administration had cited the reason of Hyderabad being a containment zone.

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