‘Maoist’ posters outside college, court campuses invoke ‘comrade Bhagat Singh’
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With the possible motive of making their presence felt in urban areas of the state, the sleeper cell of the banned Communist Party of India (CPI-Maoist) are suspected to have left posters at several prominent parts of the city, particularly colleges, the Patrakar Bhavan and bus stops, as well as the Shivajinagar court, places where they would get immediate attention.
It had been suspected that the Maoists are active in the Pune. But on Tuesday, The Indian Express found posters suspected to have been put up by the Maharashtra State Committee of CPI-Maoist at the entrance of Patrakar Bhavan in Navi Peth, Garware College, S P College, the Shivajinagar court as well as the BRTS bus stop at Swargate junction, located only a few meters from the police station.
It is also being suspected that the Maoists may have left posters in more areas of the city.
The Maoists might have secretly placed them on or before March 23, to mark the martyrdom of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. These rebels, who call themselves revolutionaries, have, for the past few years, been "commemorating" March 23 as "Shahid Din". Around the same time last year, posters, suspected to have been left by the Maharashtra State Committee of CPI - Maoist, were found in different parts of Pune.
Although the ATS and city police had investigated last year's incident, they had not been able to narrow down on any suspect.
This time, the posters carry photographs of Bhagat Singh. Through the posters, the Naxals have set apart this "saptah" (week) between March 23 and March 29 as a week to remember 'Comrade Bhagat Singh' and demand rights for their fellow "revolutionaries" currently lodged in jails.
This time, their demands are: status of political prisoners to revolutionaries lodged in jail, all facilities provided to any ordinary prisoner be given to those sentenced to life imprisonment, right to private meetings with inmates, proper facilities for jail inmates as per jail manual, lifting of the ban on literature given to revolutionaries, and privacy for female prisoners when needed.