Maoist leader lodged in Cuddalore prison stages fast

CUDDALORE: A Maoist leader, who was arrested on charges of indulging in anti-national activities and lodged at Cuddalore central prison, began an indefinite fast from Wednesday morning demanding proper amenities and free movement in the high-security prison.

In a petition submitted to the superintendent of prison, Vivek, 47 complained of poor basic amenities in the prison and declared that he will fast unto death if the prison administration fails to extend proper amenities.

He also sought the administration to permit him to move freely within the prison premises.

Vivek, a Maoist leader in Tamil Nadu, is also known by different names such asbBala, Anandan and Raja. Police booked him for indulging in anti-national activities within Periakulam police station limits in Theni district in south Tamil Nadu. Police arrested him in Chennai a month ago. He was initially lodged at Puzhal prison but was moved to Madurai prison. He was again shifted to Cuddalore prison on May 22. He has been allotted a separate cell to prevent him from mingling with other prisoners.


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