Almost a fortnight after alleged Maoist posters were found at various prominent parts of the city,Congress MLC Mohan Joshi from Pune on Friday raised the issue in the state legislative council.
Newsline was the first to report about the posters suspected to have been placed strategically by the sleeper cell of the Maharashtra State Committee of CPI (Maoist) on March 23,2013,at various prominent and strategic spots in the city,including the entrance of Patrakar Bhavan in Navi Peth.
Footage captured on CCTV cameras of the Patrakar Bhavan,shows posters being placed by three youths,who arrived on a motorcycle around 11 pm on March 23.
Joshi brought this issue to the notice of the government through point of order in the state legislative council,on Friday. He demanded that the government take urgent action against the Naxals before their movement strengthens any further.
The posters had called the saptah (week) between March 23 and March 29 as a commemoration of their movement,demanding rights for their fellow comrades or revolutionaries lodged in jails,on the occasion of the martyrdom of Comrade Shahid Bhagat Singh.
Maoists are also suspected to have placed similar posters across the city last year around the same period,calling for a bandh and demanding unconditional release of Kobad Ghandy,Vijay,Vikram,Madanlal,Mahesh,Bhanu and Anjela Sontakke.
The state ATS had arrested Angela,along with six other suspects,including two Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) members in this case between April and May,2011,under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The Bombay High Court granted bail to all of them,except Angela,stating that they could be sympathizers of the Maoist philosophy,but not active members of banned outfit. Two more KKM artistes Sachin Mali and his wife Sheetal Sathe surrendered on Tuesday. Mali was remanded in the custody of ATS till April 10,while Sathe,who is pregnant,was sent to judicial custody.
Meanwhile,the human rights organisation,Amnesty International India,has demanded that Mali be not be subjected to torture in police custody and Sathe be provided with essential medical care.