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Pune youths questioned over ‘Maoist literature’

Allege harassment by cops,say 300 books seized from them not banned

Written by Chandan Haygunde | Pune |
Updated: March 14, 2014 12:43:33 pm

Kabir Kala Manch activists Siddhartha Bhosale (26) and Jyoti Chorge (21),both arrested by the ATS in April 2011 for alleged Naxal links and later granted bail,continue to be under police lens.

The duo from Pune were Saturday detained and questioned for carrying “Maoist literature” when they had gone to Gadhchiroli to attend the court trial in the case of Maoists allegedly setting a gram panchayat office on fire. Police also seized over 300 books from them before releasing them.

Siddhartha,a former student of Fergusson College,and Jyoti were among the 15 people —including alleged top CPI (Maoist) operatives Angela Sontakke and her husband Milind Teltumbde —booked by the ATS. They were booked for allegedly spreading Maoist ideology in urban areas. The two were,however,released on bail earlier this year. But Siddhartha and Jyoti were arrested in two more cases in Gadhchiroli. One was of Moaists attacking CRPF and police patrols on July 7,2010,in which they were charged with attempt to murder. The second case pertains to Maoists allegedly setting the gram panchayat office in Yengalkheda village,Gadhchiroli,afire on July 3,2010.

Siddhartha said they have been acquitted in the case of attack on police patrol. “We had gone to Gadchiroli for the trial in gram panchayat fire case on September 27. When we reached Nagpur railway station on September 28,a police team detained us,” he said. During searches,police seized over 300 books and some CDs from the duo. Police said the content of the books and the motive behind circulation is being probed. An officer said the duo were not arrested and released after the books were seized.

“None of the seized books are banned. We earn some money by selling books at social functions. We collected 300 copies of a book —Ahimsecha Atirek ani Krantikari Karyakram (Excess of non-violence and revolutionary programme),published in Nagpur,for selling in Pune and Mumbai. It is based on the beliefs of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh,” he said.

Their lawyer Surendra Gadling said: “Police are harassing the innocent youths for no reason.”

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