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DU students protest raid at varsity professor Hany Babu s house

The Delhi University s English Department students on Wednesday staged a protest against a raid by the Pune Police at varsity professor Hany Babu s house in connection with the 2017 Elgaar Parishad case for alleged Maoist links. The Pune Police had on Tuesday searched 45-year-old Babu s house in Sector 78 of Noida, adjoining the national capital. These surprise searches without warrants are illegal and amount to extreme harassment. It is incumbent upon legal institutions to oppose such arbitrary raids and prevent the misuse of inherently dangerous laws such as the UAPA, a student who took part in the protest, Vijay Alghar, said. The Pune Police had in the past arrested five human rights activists. It had also tried to arrest other human rights activists but was prevented from doing so after the Supreme Court stepped in, he added. Babu, who has been teaching at the DU s English Department for close to a decade, had alleged on Tuesday that the police did not have a search warrant and .

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