Demand met, jailed Maoists end fast

HAZARIBAG: Three members of the CPI (Maoist) who were on hunger strike in support of fulfillment of their demands won their first battle against the administration. Deputy commissioner Hazaribag, Manish Ranjan issued orders to the jail authorities on Saturday to release the ailing Anuradha Sharma, wife of CPI (Maoist) polit bureau member Ravi Sharma so that she can be referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Ranchi for better treatment.

She was suffering from the osteomalacia, a disease occurring mostly in adult women that stems from deficiency of vitamin D or calcium and is characterized by softening of the bone accompanied with pain, which could not be treated here due to lack of specialists. Both man and wife are lodged in the same jail. Jailor Chandrashekhar Suman said, “We are making arrangements for shifting Anuradha to RIMS, but cannot divulge further details.”

About shifting another Maoist Rahul Munda back to the Chaibasa jail from Hazaribag, Suman said the matter will be looked into by the administration and IG prisons soon. Munda, who was originally lodged in Chaibasa, was transferred to Hazaribag but he protested his stay in Hazaribag jail. He said meeting relatives at the Chaibasa jail was more convenient.

On getting these assurances the three-day hunger strike by the imprisoned Maoists was called off today, Suman said. The three Maoists had on Friday started an indefinite hunger strike inside the Hazaribagh Central Jail to press for their two demands which include shifting of Anuradha to a better hospital.

Jailor Chandresekhar Suman had earlier said a demand was to shift Anuradha Sharma, the ailing wife of one of them, from jail hospital to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi for better treatment. Anuradha, lodged in the same jail, is the wife of Ravi Sharma, a member of the Bihar-Jharkhand Action Committee of the CPI(Maoist). The other demand of the trio was that Maoist Rahul Munda, who was at Chaibasa Jail before being shifted here, be sent back to the Chaibasa jail, the jailor said.

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