Youths arrested for Naxal links, warn of hunger strike

Around 61 tribal youths arrested from Maharshtra`s Gadchiroli district for alleged links with Naxals have written a letter to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Last Updated: May 01, 2011, 16:18 PM IST

Mumbai: 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
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 RR Patil, who is also the
guardian minister for Gadchiroli, had assured to look into
this matter during the budget session, but did nothing.

PTI