Statement from ILPS Commission on Indigenous Peoples, National Minorities, Oppressed Nationalities and Nations (Commission 10)

GN Saibaba was previously incarcerated for 14 months at the Nagpur Central Prison at which time his health condition deteriorated. His left hand was paralyzed and his heart and spinal problems worsened while in jail. Because of this, the Bombay High Court ordered his temporary release on bail based on medical grounds.

But he was later remanded back to the Nagpur Central Jail in a highly irregular manner when the courts were on winter vacation preventing his supporters from challenging the order.”

In a letter dated March 25, 2019, Vasantha Kumari, Prof. GN Saibaba’s wife expressed “great disappointment and unfathomable pain” as the Nagpur High Court bench rejected the bail application of her husband, who has been incarcerated in the Anda Cell for the past two years.

Prof. GN Saibaba was sentenced to life in 2017, along with Hem Mishra, Prashant Rahi, Mahesh Tirki and Pandu Narote for their alleged links to Maoists in India.

According to Vasantha Kumari, “Saibaba is a 90 percent physically disabled, wheelchair bound person, who has been suffering from 19 ailments, some of them are life threatening and require immediate medical intervention.”

Prof. GN Saibaba do not deserve this kind of treatment jus because he has relentlessly stood in the forefront in defending the oppressed castes, classes, and nationalities.

ILPS Commission 10 calls for the immediate release of Prof. GN Saibaba! For humanitarian reasons and for the immense danger his health condition poses, we urge everyone to join us in demanding his immediate and unconditional release!

Below is a letter from Prof. GN Saibaba:

My Present Health Condition- An Update 19/03/2019

With the fast deteriorating health condition and in the context of the development of complexities, the prison’s Chief Medical Officer in consultation with the doctors of GMCH and the Dean of the Government hospital decided to send me to the Departments of Cardiology, Neurology and Neurosurgery immediately. Unfortunately, there are no adequate faculties and methods of conducting the required investigations available at Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH),  and GMCH Super specialties hospital, Nagpur. These Departments have already recorded non-availability of the facilities in the medical records earlier in 2014 and 2018. As there is no alternative here, I will be sent to these departments next week for immediate and emergency treatment whenever possible. I have been experiencing unbearable pain in my damaged muscles of the left hand, frequent and complete blackouts, round the clock dizziness and heavy pressure in my brain, and sleeplessness due to the shooting pain. The drugs have turned ineffective. Even sedatives have stopped working on me now. The prison doctors have informed me that they have held discussions with the doctors of the Departments of Physiotherapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Orthopedics. Now they have decided to send me for different therapies daily and regularly because of my critical condition. It is too late.

Next week I will be also sent to the Department of Plastic Surgery to evaluate for muscle/tendon transfer surgery and nerve transfer surgery— none of which are available at GMCH-SSH. It is only a formality to send me.

I am half-dead by now. With the temperatures of Nagpur rising to 40 degrees Celsius even in early March, my condition is impossible to be controlled.

It is pertinent to mention one important thing here. Though they have decided to send me to the above six departments now after repeated recommendations for the same in the past two years, it is not possible in practical terms to avail any minimum medical treatment because of the following reasons:

  1. Adequate and proper treatment facilities are not available at GMCH-SSH; they are available only in Hyderabad + Delhi.
  2. Police escort personnel are not available to take me regularly and daily to the hospital; it is a perennial problem.
  3. I am not in a position to travel everyday or even for a single day. My physical condition is now impossible for traveling.
  4. These Departments do not have facilities to admit me in the hospital (unless I agree for a surgery for which I have no courage to undergo in an ill-equipped hospital— for the removal of the gallbladder.) These Departments treat only outpatients unlike hospitals in Hyderabad and Delhi.
  5. Everyday, my family members are required to be present in the hospital to handle my body, which is not possible.

As my condition has worsened, the escort police personnel now have to literary lift me in their hands to shift me to the vehicle, to the wheelchair, and to the hospital bed every time. They are untrained to do this and reluctant fearing inadvertent wrong handling resulting in further damage. Similarly, the two helpers in my cell have turned increasingly reluctant to continue as my position has been developing increasingly vulnerable for them to handle. They are no longer in a position to handle me.

I am half-dead by now. With the temperatures of Nagpur rising to 40 degrees Celsius even in early March, my condition is impossible to be controlled. All the ailments have gotten aggravated. Urinary and Prostate problems, pancreatitis an Syncope have reached uncontrollable levels.  I have no courage to travel to the hospital on daily basis. Even if I go somehow, there is only temporary and cosmetic treatment without any real answers to my ailments. Kindly represent all these aspects mentioned here and in my 9th March letter as examples to your comprehensive document placed before the Hon’ble Court after 4th March 19 (after the change if the bench now.)

G.N. Saibaba
Anda Cell
Central Prison
Nagpur, India

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