CCTV video shows 3 youths pasting Maoist posters

Video footage, captured on a CCTV camera of the Patrakar Bhavan, shows three youths arriving on a motorbike and pasting posters, which the police believe were released by the Maoists in Pune on March 23.

Incidentally, the banned outfit commemorated this day as Shahid Din to mark the martyrdom of freedom-fighter Bhagat Singh.

The Indian Express was the first to report that these posters, suspected to have been put up by the Maharashtra State Committee of CPI (Maoist), were placed at prominent and strategic locations across the city, including the entrance of Patrakar Bhavan in Navi Peth, Garware College, S P College, Shramik Bhavan, Swargate junction, Shaniwar Wada, Balgandharva as well as the Shivajinagar court.

The video footage shows three youths arriving at Patrakar Bhavan on a motorcycle around 11.03 pm and leaving the spot on the same bike after pasting a few posters and throwing some pamphlets on the premises of Patrakar Bhavan around 11.06 pm.

Pune police have obtained the video footage from the Bhavan. The video is, however, blurred and the faces of the suspects are not seen very clearly. To obtain more information about the suspects, police are looking for other such footage in the locations where the posters have been found.

The posters observed the saptah (week) from March 23 to March 29 as a memorial week in support of their movement, demanding rights for their comrades, or "revolutionaries" as they called them, who were lodged in jails, on the occasion of martyrdom of "Comrade Shahid Bhagat Singh".

It is suspected that the sleeper cell of CPI (Maoist) is active in Pune.

Around the same time last year, posters, suspected to have been released by Maharashtra State Committee of CPI (Maoist) were found in different parts of Pune, calling for a bandh and demanding unconditional release of rebels Kobad Ghandy, Vijay, Vikram, Madanlal, Mahesh, Bhanu and Anjela Sontakke.

The state ATS has arrested Angela, the self-styled secretary of Golden Corridor Committee of CPI (Maoists). The group aimed at recruiting youths from urban areas of Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Nashik and Ahmedabad.

ATS had also arrested six others, including Siddhartha Bhosale, Sushma Ramteke, Jenny, Krutika, Jyoti Chorge and Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) poet Dhawale Dhengle under Sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for allegedly spreading Naxal ideology of armed struggle against the government.

The Bombay High Court had recently granted bail to all six of them on grounds that there was no evidence to prove that they were active members of the banned outfit although they could be sympathizers of the Maoist philosophy.



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