Maoist poster found in Camp; Police in panic

Pune: A pro-Maoist poster was found pasted on the rear side of the board of Samasta Solapur Bazaar Rickshaw Stand, hardly 100 meters from the Solapur Bazar police chowki on Sunday.

The chowki falls under the Cantonment police station. However, the Solapur Bazaar police did not have any idea about the poster.

DNA visited the spot and found the poster on the rear of the board of Samasta Solapur Bazar Rickshaw stand at Mahatma Gandhi bus stand of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited.

The poster read in Marathi, “Fight for the release of Maoist revolutionaries who are incarcerated. The corrupt, brutal, ruling classes who are foreign agents are criminals for the Indian masses. The government does not have any right to jail them.”

The poster demanded that comrades Khobad Gandhi, Vijay, Vikram, Madalal, Mahesh, Bhanu and Angela should be released without any conditions. It called for a bandh in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. There is also mention of the Communist Party (Maoist) Maharashtra state committee.

When contacted, police sub-inspector GS Jagtap, in-charge of the chowki, said, “I don’t have any idea about the Maoist poster. If there is one, I will remove it immediately.”

The special cell and the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad are investigating the posters bearing the names of left-wing extremists found on walls of the Patrakar Bhavan and the adjacent SM Joshi Foundation’s auditorium in Navi Peth recently.

Senior police inspector Chandrahas Patil of the special cell told DNA, “We have no clue in this case. Our investigation is on. If the poster is found in Camp area, it is a serious matter.”

Pune ATS in-charge Peter Lobo said the culprits had put up posters in many areas. He said, “We knew that a poster has been pasted there.” However, the ATS did not inform the local police.

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