Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My name is NOT red - Week Cover Story

My name is NOT red
By Deepak Tiwari

Listen to the voice of imprisoned innocents branded as Naxals

Juliana Purti, a class 9 student,spent three months in jail on suspicion of being a naxal sympathiser.
The Week - Cover Story

Fettered dreams
He dreamt of being a journalist and ended up a newsmaker. Vittal Malekudia, 22, was arrested from his home in Kuthlur hamlet of Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada district by the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) of Karnataka on March 3. Currently in custody, he has been charged with waging war against the state.Teachers said that the postgraduate student of mass communication and journalism at Mangalore...

War against words
Sudhir Dhawale was arrested for alleged Naxal links in January 2011. A Dalit activist and freelance journalist, he wrote and published booklets on oppression of Dalits. He was arrested at Wardha railway station while returning from a Dalit literature conference. When he was in jail, his two sons and wife were dependent solely on her 
salary as a nurse.The police said Bhimrao Bhoite, an...

A cobbled charge
Sitaram Meher, 32, said he was the first lawyer from western Orissa’s cobbler caste. But today his identity is that of a Naxal sympathiser. The Gangadharnagar police picked up Meher on May 17, 2011, after he was allegedly seen with a known Naxal at Bargarh railway station. He spent 80 days in jail under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.Active with the Bahujan Samaj Party,..

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