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Ritesh Mishra, Rapiur: Nitin Chopra is no Mahatma Gandhi. But the kidnapping and extortion accused tried
hard to emulate the freedom icon by leading a third of Raipur’s prison population in a ‘satyagrah’ hunger strike that began on Gandhi’s 147th birthday on Sunday.
Chopra and his band of satyagrahis in Raipur’s central jail had a list of fancy demands – chewing tobacco, cigarettes and three-star hotel food among them – which they were articulating through Facebook and Twitter.
Although the administration managed to pacify the agitating inmates and convinced them to call off their strike on Monday evening, the Facebook and Twitter pages of Jail Satyagrah continue to rile the state police.
“They have called off the hunger strike after we assured them that we will try and fulfil their legitimate demands,” said DIG (Jail) KK Gupta.
He said the list of demands of the inmates were forwarded to senior officials and they would take the final call on how best to address the issue. “But the Facebook and Twitter page of Jail Satyagrah is a matter of concern and the cyber cell is investigating it,” the DIG added.
Earlier, DG prisons Giridhari Nayak had said, “Some of their demands are legitimate for which we have taken steps but most of them are illegal and unethical.”
The prisoners’ novel social media strategy has the authorities in a fix with a probe ordered to figure out how the Facebook page — Chhattissgarh Jail Satyagarh — and Twitter handle –twitter.com/jailsatygarh were posting regular updates about the hunger strike.
“It is possible that some outsider was updating the page or some inmates, who go for court appearance outside the jail premises, update the page. I have talked to the DIG Raipur and the matter is now with cyber cell,” said Nayak.