Bhubaneswar, Jan 30:
Ten under-trial prisoners who were on an indefinite hunger strike inside the Brahmapur Circle Jail since January 26 have called it off, sources said.
In a press release, human rights activist and convenor of the Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC) Narendra Mohanty said the prisoners ended their hunger strike today after a ‘cordial discussion’ with the jail authorities during which definite assurances were given to them.
The Brahmapur Circle Jail authorities have promised to convey the grievances over the undue delay in their court trial to the District Judge, Bhanjanagar and JMFC, Surada , district administration and also to the state Home department, the release said.
The prisoners were on a hunger strike demanding speedy trial of the cases against them and regular production before the concerned courts. All of them have been held for their alleged links with Maoists and their illegal activities.
Of the 21 prisoners, who are in jail for one to six years in ‘Maoist-related cases’ 10 including 4 women had resorted to hunger strike.
They are Manjulata Muduli, Pratap Kimbika, Sudarshan Mandal, Telem Soni, K.Anita, Malati Majhi, Sangram Mohanty, Kadan Bijali, Kandra Dalabehera and Abel Gamang.
Eight of them belong to the tribal community.