Hazaribagh (Jharkhand): Five arrested
Maoists, including two `politburo` members, are on hunger
strike in jail demanding television sets.
Ravi Sharma, Satish Das (both `politburo` members),
Pandu Manjhi, Bhubaneswar Mahato and Sanjay Yadav (all
self-styled `zonal commanders`) sat on a hunger strike from
yesterday, Superintendent of Hazaribagh Central Jail Uday
Prasad Kushwaha told newsmen here.
Their other demands include allowing them to take
early morning and evening walk, ventilators in their
high-security cells, special food for all inmates on festivals
and extension of meeting time between prisoners and relatives
from 9 am to 4 pm.
"The demands made by Maoist leaders cannot be
fulfilled as they are not in the jail manual. Whatever
facilities laid down in the manual have been provided to them.
We have forwarded their demands to Inspector General (Prison),
Hazaribagh Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police
for consideration," Kushwaha added.
Ravi Sharma, who was arrested near Hazaribagh National
Park on November 11, 2009 while going to Orissa by car, was
shifted to a jail in Andhra Pradesh, but was brought back here