Indian police arrest university professor for alleged links with Maoist rebels

Indian police have arrested a New Delhi university professor for alleged links with Maoist rebels.

Police officer Sindhu Pillai said G.N. Saibaba was arrested in the capital Friday and taken to Mumbai for investigation. She didn't give further details.

The Press Trust of India news agency cited police as saying Saibaba, an English professor at Ramlal Anand College of New Delhi, was suspected of being a member of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) and was recruiting people for the group.

Police from western Maharashtra state's Gadchiroli district, a rebel stronghold, traveled to New Delhi to arrest Saibaba, who could not be reached for comment.

The Maoist rebels have been fighting the Indian government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers and the poor.