Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, Apr 23:
True to his promise made a few days ago that he would resume hunger strike should his demands were not met, Odisha’s top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda has launched a hunger strike at the Circle Jail here for the second time in a month.
“He is again on an indefinite fast since yesterday since his demands were not met by the administration even after the expiry of the deadline set by him,” said his counsel Deepak Patnaik.
“He was served food, but he did not take it. He is on hunger strike since yesterday,” said Jailor RN Roul.
The Red leader had gone on a five-day 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 was admitted to ICU of MKCG Medical College and Hospital here as his condition deteriorated after five days of fasting. He was sent back to the Circle Jail amid tight security after he relented and ended his hunger strike.
Panda had issued a 10-day ultimatum to the state government to provide details of all the cases pending against him in different police stations to the High Court.
It may be recalled that Panda had sent a letter to the IG of Jails through the jail superintendent, on March 24, 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.