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DU prof Saibaba sentenced for life (Support for Maoists in DU) (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III)

A sessions court in Maharashtra convicted Delhi University professor G. N. Saibaba for his Maoist links and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Four others, including former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Hem Mishra and former journalist Prashant Rahi, were convicted along with the DU professor and sentenced to “imprisonment for life” by sessions judge.

Reason for conviction
They were convicted for connections with the banned Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), an organisation linked with the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The Maharashtra police had arrested the 90% physically disabled and wheelchair user DU professor in May 2014 for being a member of the RDF and carrying out its activities. 

Who are the Naxalites?
The term "Naxalite" or "Naxals" comes from the village named "Naxalbari" which is in West Bengal (Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling district), which is where a violent uprising of laborers was organized by a section of the then Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M) under the leadership of mostly three people: .

What is the red corridor?
The Red Corridor is a region in the east of India that experiences considerable Naxalite–Maoist insurgency. The Naxalite group mainly consists of the armed cadres of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

What is the difference between Naxalite and Maoist?
Maoism originated in China while Naxalism is derived from Naxalbari village of West Bengal. Naxalite is mostly in the Indian sub-continent and is a member of an armed revolutionary group advocating Maoist Communism.
 



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