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Aftab ends hunger strike, eight days long 'battle of nerve' over

Sunday May 22, 2011 08:40:07 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: The battle of nerve against the police prejudice, which was on here in Malegaon  since last eight days amid high drama, anxiety and tension, is finally over after Aftab Alam ended his fast-unto-death May 22. Aftab ended the hunger strike after the local authorities conceded to his demands and gave written assurance to him.

“Tahsildar Goibode and Police Inspector Magar of Azad Nagar police station came today at Mushawerat Chowk and gave written assurance that no cases would be filed against the peaceful protesters. About withdrawal of the cases against the 30 peaceful protesters, they promised that needful action would be taken after legal consultations”, Aftab Alam said to after ending the fast.

Aaftab, the activist of Nidharmi Sangathna, was sitting on hunger strike since May 16 against what he called as the police prejudice against the peaceful protesters who were seeking justice for the innocent Muslim youths arrested in the 2006 blast case.


The eight days of hunger strike marked high drama, anxiety and tension as Aftab Alam declined to take even water despite the soaring temperature in the town and his condition deteriorated on the third day of his fast.


On May 19, Aftan Alam was shifted to hospital where doctors wanted to keep him till next day. He, however, declined to take the medical aid, ran from the hospital and sat on the strike in the pendal at Mushwerat Chowk once again.


Finally, the local authorities conceded to his demands today. Following which he ended his fast-unto-death.


Nidharmi Sangathna, to which Aftan Alam belongs, is protesting since April 25 demanding release of the innocent local youths who were arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast case and a ban on RSS and other Hindutva organisation after Swami Aseemanand reportedly confessed the role of these organisations in terrorist activities.


As part of its protest, three people were sitting on 24-hour long hunger strike on rotation basis since April 25 demanding release of the local youths arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast and a ban on RSS and other Hindutva organisations for their alleged role in terrorism.


According to the activists of Nidahrami Sanghatna, trouble began when after ten days of peaceful protest, Dy Superintendent of Police Avinash Kumar started filing cases against the protestors under section 102 of Mumbai Act. Shocked, they approached Dy Collector Ajay More on May 11 and lodged complaint against the DYSP, and also sought action against him. Aaftab started the hunger strike when the Sanghatna did not get any reply from the Dy Collector as promised by him.


The police has filed cases against 30 of the 69 people who have taken part in the 24-hour hunger strike on rotation basis.


Meanwhile, the 24-hour hunger strike which began on April 25, continues unabated. The organisers are in no mood to discontinue it unless their demands are met.










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