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Maharashtra Home Minister protesting against CCTV cameras installed to record footage of toilet and bathing area in front of egg cell of former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, serving life term in Nagpur Central Jail for Maoist links. letter has been written to. In the letter, a demand has been made to remove the cameras, citing the violation of their privacy.

GN Saibaba. (File photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, serving life term for Maoist links in a jail in Nagpur city in Maharashtra, has threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the CCTV cameras installed to record footage of toilets and bathing areas. given.

His wife and brother wrote a letter to the state home minister on Saturday, demanding removal of the CCTV camera.

Indian Express According to reports, Saibaba is currently lodged in Nagpur Central Jail. Earlier, his lawyer had alleged that the jail authorities had refused to give him a plastic water bottle.

In his letter on Saturday, Saibaba’s wife Vasant Kumari and his brother G. Ramadevudu wrote, ‘On Tuesday (10/05/2022) the jail authorities installed a wide-angle CCTV camera in front of his enda cell, which can capture the video of the entire cell including toilet seat, bathing area. That’s why he can’t even take a toilet to urinate and take a shower in front of the camera, because the camera records everything 24×7.

The question was raised in the letter that now how can Dr GN Saibaba live in such a situation?

He has written, ‘Even those helping him are afraid of this camera, because they constantly come in front of the camera’s eyes. This is clearly meant to intimidate and humiliate her. This is a way to violate their privacy.

According to the letter, ‘his right to privacy, life and liberty is at risk, as he cannot use the toilet or bathe, or change clothes in front of the camera, which is not only running 24 hours a day, but all Is also recording something and is watching this recording continuously in the jail superintendent’s office.

His family said that the prisoners are entitled to all constitutional rights except the right to mobility and a few others.

He further said, ‘In these tense circumstances, till the time the camera is removed, they have decided to go on hunger strike indefinitely. At the same time, the responsible prison administrators should apologize for deliberately and cruelly violating the rights of the natural body and the rights provided by the Constitution.

According to the letter, Dr. GN Saibaba is planning to start a hunger strike in Nagpur Central Jail within two days.

He said that Saibaba is already suffering from various ailments including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (heart problem), high blood pressure, paralysis, spinal cord disease, horn cell disease, pancreatitis as well as cysts in the brain.

In the letter, Saibaba’s family members said, “We request you to take immediate action and provide them privacy, dignity and direct the concerned persons in Nagpur Central Jail to remove the CCTV cameras which put their privacy at stake.” are.’

The letter seeks to provide necessary proper treatment for health related ailments of Saibaba, grant him parole as per his entitlement and enable him to get proper medicine and necessary medical aid (which is not available in Nagpur).

Let us tell you that in October 2020, Saibaba was in jail. hunger strike When the jail management allegedly refused him books, clothes and medicines for a month.

Saibaba is more than 90 percent physically disabled and lives on a wheelchair. He was convicted in 2017 by a sessions court in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra for having links with Maoists and indulging in Maoist activities. a life sentence was heard.

He was accused of waging war against the country. The court booked Saibaba and others under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Punishment was heard.

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