Naxal inmates may go on hunger strike
The inmates of Nagpur Central Jail who have Naxal links began a propaganda on Thursday, to protest 1993 blasts convict Yakub Memon’s execution. They aim to rope in other convicts too, and spread the protest across other prisons in the country. It is learnt that the inmates may start a chain hunger strike, demanding that the hanging be stayed. The Naxal inmates also plan to appeal to President Pranab Mukherjee and the judiciary to reconsider the decision.
The Naxal prisoners, who normally protest through hunger strikes, are likely to get a good response as Yakub is popular in jail. A CA, Yakub also holds a double degree in political science and English literature. He used to work as a language instructor in jail and help other inmates with their pending cases before being shifted to solitary confinement. —Soumitra Bose
SOG destroys 7 Maoist camps during operation in Odisha
Security personnel destroyed seven Maoist camps and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition during a heavy exchange of fire between them on Kandhamal-Kalahandi border in Odisha this afternoon. According to reports, the Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel were on a combing operation on the bordering areas of these two districts today following a tip-off on the presence of the Maoists.
During the operation, the Red Rebels suddenly opened fire at the SOG personnel inside Pangababa forest near Lubenagada village under Mangalpur-Rampur police station limits to which the latter immediately retaliated. During heavy exchange of fire, the Maoists managed to escape from the area. The SOG personnel later advanced deep inside the forest and destroyed seven Maoist camps and seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition.