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Fasting Odisha Maoist relents, gives 10-day ultimatum to govt


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, Apr 7:

Odisha’s top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was discharged from the MKCG Medical College and Hospital here yesterday and is back inside the Berhampur Circle jail.

Sabyasachi Panda
Sabyasachi Panda

The Maoist leader had launched a hunger strike on March 31 to press for his three-point charter of demands for his rights as a prisoner as well as a citizen.

“He took food and medicines in the hospital. We hope he won’t refuse food in jail,” Jailer R N Roul said.

He was rushed to the premier referral hospital in the south Odisha as his condition deteriorated on the fifth day of his stir on April 4. He was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) as he was firm not to break his hunger strike until his demands were met.

However, the state government did not accept any of his demands while he was on hunger strike for five days.

After he was persuaded by his family members and his lawyer Deepak Patnaik, the top leader of the outlawed group relented yesterday.

“He (Panda) has called off his hunger strike for the time being and will resume it if the state government fails to fulfill his demands,” Patnaik said.

Meanwhile, the Red leader has issued a 10-day ultimatum to the state government. “If the government does not provide details of all the cases against him to the High Court, I would again resort to hunger strike,” Panda threatened.

It is learnt that the jail authorities have communicated this to the district collector.

The once most-wanted Maoist leader, who was arrested on July 17 last year, was shifted to the Circle Jail here amid tight security.

On March 24, Panda had sent a letter to the IG of Jails through the jail superintendent seeking information on the details of cases registered against him across various police stations in the state, to allow him to move freely inside the jail and to forward his complaints and court petition to the appropriate authorities.