Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar and Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Archana Prasad are among 10 people accused in the murder of a tribal man of Chhattisgarh. Nandini Sundar is a wife of left-wing journalist Sidharth Varadarajan’s wife who is an Indian-American journalist, editor, and academic. He is the former editor of The Hindu, one of India’s leading English-language newspapers. He is also running a website called The Wire.
Ms. Sundar, 48, has been named in a complaint by the wife of Shamnath Baghel, who was killed by Maoists last Friday.
“An FIR was lodged against DU Professor Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad (JNU Professor), Vineet Tiwari (of Delhi’s Joshi Adhikar Sansthan), Sanjay Parate (Chhattisgarh CPI (Marxist) State Secretary) and others along with Maoists for the murder of Baghel based on the complaint of his wife on Saturday,” Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri told PTI.
Naxals allegedly killed Shamnath Baghel with sharp weapons on late night on Friday (November 4) at his residence in Nama village under the Kumakoleng gram panchayat in Tongpal area, around 450 km away from here. Baghel and some of his associates were spearheading the protest against Naxal activities in their village since April this year. “As per the complaint lodged by the victim’s wife, her husband had been getting threats from Maoists since he and other villagers had complained against Sundar in May this year. Even armed ultras were referring to that complaint and anti-Maoist demonstrations while attacking Baghel on Friday,” the IG said.
His wife has sought action against Sundar and others accusing them of murdering her husband, Mr. Kalluri added. “Following the development, according to villagers, Sundar and others went in the village to allegedly threaten them not to oppose the Maoists,” the IG said. Ms. Sundar had gone to the village with fake name Richa Keshav, he added.
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) November 8, 2016
Professor Nandini Sundar who is booked for murdering a tribal man said that FIR against her is absurd. Yes, because to these Naxals “Murder can also be an Expression of dissent”.
New York: FIR against us is absurd, we haven’t been there for months: DU Professor Nandini Sundar who is booked for murdering a tribal man pic.twitter.com/glWAdRkay6
— ANI (@ANI_news) November 8, 2016