NAGPUR: The alleged Naxals, who describe themselves as political prisoners, undertook a token daylong hunger strike in the Nagpur Central Jail on Friday, demanding early release of the convicts facing life imprisonment. They demanded a curtailment of the prison term from the minimum 18 years to eight, as in other states.
The rebel activists are trying to draw the attention of the ongoing Winter Assembly session to ensure steps for immediate implementation of the recommendations of the All India Committee on Jail Reforms prepared in 1980-83. The committee had suggested reducing the jail term of life imprisonment.
Highlighting instances in other states, the protesting inmates have demanded that Maharashtra too should follow the progressive trend and allow convicts to revert to the mainstream as quickly as possible.