Staff Reporter

Over 47 fishermen and political activists associated with Gangavaram agitation released

All those released have been charged with attempt to murder and riotingThey were accorded political prisoner status and offered special meals on requestVisitors were allowed to meet them daily and get food and fruits occasionally from outside

VISAKHAPATNAM: Over 47 fishermen and political activists who were released from the Central Jail on Tuesday and Wednesday were happy with the treatment meted out to them at Adavivaram.

``The jail authorities behaved very well with all of us.

They even allowed visitors to meet us daily and get food and fruits occasionally from outside,'' CPI district committee secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy told The Hindu after he was granted conditional bail.

Along with Mr. Murthy, CPI (M) district secretary Ch. Narsinga Rao, Gangavaram Matsyakarula Aikya Vedika (GMAV) leaders Ch. Rajeswara Rao, Gurumurthy and others were released from Central Jail late in the evening on Tuesday.

Pleasant experience

One of the activists of GMAV said they were accorded political prisoner status and offered special meals on request.

Asked what the special meals contained, he said instead of rice, they were given rotis.

It was a pleasant experience for them when they walked out of the jail and their relatives and well-wishers extended them a warm and affectionate welcome.

All those who were released have been charged with attempt to murder and rioting. While non-fishermen were told by the court not to visit Gangavaram village and port site till further orders, GMAV activists were prohibited from visiting the port site.