Political Prisoners' Rights Day today - The New Indian Express

Political Prisoners' Rights Day today

Published: 13th September 2013 08:33 AM

Last Updated: 13th September 2013 09:40 AM

The Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) is observing September 13 as Political Prisoners Rights Day, commemorating the sacrifice of Shaheed Jitin Das and organising a memorial programme for Maoist idealogue Ganti Prasadam, in Hyderabad on the occasion.

Ganti Prasadam was killed by unidentified miscreants in Nellore a few months ago and it was alleged that the government was behind the killing.

Ganti Prasadam, who was CRPP’s AP chapter founder-member, was imprisoned and had spent eight and a half years in jail.

Several tribals were also put in jail by police in false cases and Prasadam was fighting for their cause when he was done to death by forces backed by the government, CRPP general secretary Balla Ravindranath said in a press release.

In 1929, demanding that the British government recognise the freedom fighters in jails as political prisoners, Bhagat Singh and his comrades staged protests in jail.

Jitin Das, among them, resorted to fast unto death and died on the 63rd day of his fast (September 13), he said.

Madabushi Sridhar, Vara Vara Rao, Akula Bhumaiah, Chilaka Chandrasekhar, P Jaya and others will be attending the memorial meeting, he added.

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