Poster put up opposite the Kerala High Court building


Posters have been put up in front of the Kerala High Court building hailing the slain Maoist leader C. P. Jaleel as a ‘brave martyr’. C. P. Jaleel was a leader of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and was killed in an encounter with the Kerala Thunderbolts, an elite force of the Kerala Police at Wayanad, earlier this month. The posters also call for disbanding the Kerala Thunderbolt, which was created in the state in the year 2012 modeling on the NSG and the SPG to deal with 26/11 kind of terrorist attacks. Referring to the Thunderbolt as ‘bloodthirsty terrorists’, the posters call for the arrest of those behind the ‘murder’ of C. P. Jaleel. The CPI (Maoist) and “all its formations and front organizations” have been banned by the Central Government under Section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The posters have been put up under the banner of an unknown entity named ‘Purogamana Yuvajana Prasthanam’.

In 2015 a single judge of the Kerala High Court had held in the matter of Shyam Balakrishnan V. State of Kerala that “Being a Maoist is no crime, though the political ideology of Maoists does not synchronize with our constitutional polity. It is a basic human right to think in terms of human aspirations. The freedom of thought and liberty of conscience is a natural right and cannot be surrendered by any human being and that freedom is ingrained in human mind and soul.” The High Court in that case was dealing with the alleged illegal detention of one Shyam Balakrishnan, son of a retired Judge of the same High Court, who was taken into custody by the police on suspicion of being a Maoist. The Court had ordered that the petitioner be paid Rupees One Lakh as compensation by the State Government. The said Judgment was however challenged before the Division Bench by the previous government. Relying on the UAPA Act, the State submitted in its appeal that “the law imposes punishment not only for acts of violence, but also for acts that apparently seem to be innocent – such as advocating, advising or indirectly abetting unlawful activities, wherein everyone associated with the propagation of the ideology would be held liable. Nobody can proclaim himself to be a Maoist. Therefore, the finding of the learned Single Judge is illegal and liable to be dismissed.” The Division Bench has stayed the Judgment of the single Judge and the appeal is still pending.

Poster that was put up at Malappuram Government College, Kerala PC: Organiser

Purogamana Yuvajana Prasthanam’ was in news earlier this year for putting up posters in Malappuram district protesting against the arrest of two students of Malappuram Government College, Mohammed Rinshad and Mohammed Faris, under charges of sedition.  The two of them were arrested for sticking posters inside college campus calling for “freedom for Kashmir, Manipur and Palestine”.

It is not for the first time that pro-Maoist groups have resorted to sticking posters around the High Court. Police and other authorities always turn a blind eye towards it.

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