New Delhi: Among the 10 accused in the murder of a villager in Chhattisgarh are the names of Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar and Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Archana Prasad.
Shamnath Baghel was killed by Maoists on November 4, 2016, in his village in Maoist-dominated Bastar. Sharp weapons were used by Maoists to kill Baghel in his village, which is around 450kms from Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur.
Baghel’s wife has named Ms Sundar in a complaint lodged by her in the murder of her husband.
The 48-year-old activist professor called it bizarre, absurd and malafide. She also said that she has not been to Bastar for months.
Baghel was an active member of the campaign against Maoists activities since April. As per senior police officer SRP Kalluri, Baghel’s wife alleged that Nandini and others used to hold provocative meetings in the area. Also, threats were received for Baghel’s elimination if he continued with his activities.
As per police officer, Nandini used a fake name, Richa Keshav, when she first went to the village in Juen. She herself has accepted the same stating that she did not want to reveal her real identity.
Ms Sundar has alleged that Kalluri forced Baghel’s wife to file the complaint as he has been targeting the activists. She further added that it is a vendetta against all researchers, journalists, lawyers, activists who are willing to expose the lawlessness of the police in the state.