[The orders of repressive government are designed to result in silent, fearful obedience–yet often result in defiance. The bourgeois media in India produced this nervous report of mysterious, intrusive and illegally defiant Maoist posters in Pune. — Frontlines ed.]
“Maoist posters on city buses go unnoticed for over a month”
At least two buses belonging to Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) have been moving about flashing Maoist posters — both inside and outside — for more than a month now without coming to the notice of the authorities or being reported.
The Indian Express on Tuesday spotted the posters, issued by banned Naxal outfit CPI (Maoists), on two PMPML buses.
The posters demanded unconditional release of seven Maoist operatives — Kobad Ghandy, Vijay, Vikram, Madanlal, Mahesh, Bhanu and Anjela. Calling them “revolutionaries”, the posters also called for a bandh in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa on March 23, indicating that they were pasted on the two buses more than a month ago.
While one of the bus (MH 12 EQ 4596) plied on Swargate-Dhayari route, the other (MH 12 EQ 5241) on Swargate-DSK route.
Neither the police nor PMPML officials were aware of these posters. When contacted, PMPML Chairman R N Joshi said he would ask the transport manager to look into the matter.
Similar posters were first spotted in the city at the Patrakar Bhavan, the building of S M Joshi foundation in Navi Peth on March 23. Later, they were also seen at the district collectorate, Pune Railway Station, Central building and in the Pune Camp area.
Inspector Chandrahas Patil of the Naxal cell of Pune police said so far they have not been able to identify the persons who put up these posters.
The only clue available is a video obtained from the CCTV camera installed at Patrakar Bhavan, which reveals an unidentified person coming to the spot on a motorcycle and putting up the posters.
Investigators believe the posters were put up around the same time on March 23, and that the spots were strategically chosen to allegedly show Maoist presence in the city.
They suspect the posters were put by local Maoist sympathisers.
In April-May 2011, the state ATS had arrested Anjela Sontakke, alleged secretary of Golden Corridor committee of CPI (Maoists) along with six more, including a Kabir Kala Manch member Dhawala Dhengle of Pune, for their alleged Naxal links
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