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Updated: May 1, 2011 16:15 IST

Tribal youths arrested for Naxal links, warn of hunger strike in Maharashtra

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A little girl in an anganwadi school in Kondawahi village, which is one of the naxal dominated in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. A file photo: Vivek Bendre.
The Hindu A little girl in an anganwadi school in Kondawahi village, which is one of the naxal dominated in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. A file photo: Vivek Bendre.

Around 61 tribal youths arrested from Maharshtra’s Gadchiroli district for alleged links with Naxals have written a letter to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, threatening to go on a hunger strike to protest their detention without trial.

“We have been implicated under false charges and the allegations made against us cannot hold up before the court.

Therefore the government has adopted a policy of keeping us rotting in prison and not producing us before the court. We would go on a hunger-strike in protest,” the letter to Mr. Chavan says.

The youths allege that some of them have been languishing in Central Prison, Nagpur, for more than two years.

Their lawyer, Anil Kale, said here that these youths were innocent and had nothing to do with Naxals. They were demanding a commission headed by retired High Court judge to conduct inquiry into charges against them, he added.

“We should be freed from this mental torture by speedily disposing of the cases pending against us. We have been kept in jails just on suspicion, and refused bail,” letter says.

It alleges that home minister R R Patil, who is also the guardian minister for Gadchiroli, had assured to look into this matter during the budget session, but did nothing.

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