JNU student arrested in Garhchiroli with secret Naxal documents; Film and Television Institute of India Pune, also allowed its premises for pro-Naxal activities.
State funded Jawaharlal Nehru University of Delhi is in the news again, obviously for wrong reasons. The Maharashtra police on August 23 arrested a JNU student Hem Mishra with ‘a microchip and some secret Naxal documents’. He was remanded on ten-day Police custody on August 24. Hem was arrested along with two others from a bus station in Aheri division of Gachiroli district on August 23. A police press release said Hem Mishra (30), Pandu Pora Narote (27) and Mahesh Tirki (24) of Morewada village in Etapalli, were roaming around Aheri area “suspiciously” when they were arrested.
The police release also mentioned that police recovered “a microchip and some secret Naxal documents” from them. “The accused have accepted that they were going to give these documents to senior Naxal leader Narmada Akka. Pandu Narote and Mahesh Tirki also accepted that both of them were regular couriers of Narmada Akka and other senior Naxal leaders in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh” said the press note.
The Naxal movement in Maharashtra is increasing day-by-day. On August 21,-Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Students Association, a student’s union of the students of FTII, Yugpath, NGO working for social and environmental issues had jointly organised a stage performance by Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) artists. The programme was organised in the premises of National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and it also included screening of ‘Jai Bhim Comrade’ a film by Anand Patwardhan. After the programme concluded, and the audience come out of the hall, few people from the audience met Deepak Dengle, one of the KKM performers. He was asked about the details of KKM activities. Some also enquired about the alleged relation between KKM and naxalite to which he replied in negative.
However, on further inquiry, one of the students, who was one of the organisers in disgust declared loudly “yes I’m a naxalite, let’s see what anyone can do to me”. It invited a heated clash between KKM students and ABVP activists. The matter even went to the police station.
The KKM was formed in Pune in 2002 in the wake of Gujarat riots and made up of students and young professionals who performed protest poetry and plays in slums and streets. Few KKM members were arrested in May 2011 along with Angela Sontakke, a member of the banned C