Maoists Roopesh, Shyna, Anoop and Veeramani, who were on a fast inside the Coimbatore Central Prison, gave it up after writers and civil society activists assured to take up their case, said lawyer S. Balamurugan. Roopesh was on fast for the 19th day on Tuesday. His wife Shyna was on fast for the third day, Anoop for the ninth day and Veeramani for the fourth day, Mr. Balamurugan said and added that their demands were that they be treated as political prisoners, they be not charged under draconian laws like the National Security Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and that the Kerala Police come out in the open with the list of cases registered against Roopesh.
Mr. Balamurugan said that the Kerala Police were releasing one case after another to take Roopesh into their custody and pointed out that in the last couple of months, the Maoist leader had spent 45 days in their custody. Letter After they took the letter, signed by Arundhati Roy, Prabhat Patnaik, Meena Kandasamy and others, and after Roopesh’s elder daughter Amy met them, they gave up the fast, the lawyer added.