Monday, March 01, 2010

Maoists sit for matric exams

Manoj Prasad Posted online: Monday , Mar 01, 2010 at 0332 hrs

Ranchi : As Anod Kumar Yadav and Vinod Sharma write their matriculation examination at Chattarpur Madhya Vidyalaya and Zila School, both in Palamau district’s Daltongunj, respectively, they stand out in the crowd of 6.5 lakh teenagers appearing for the examination this year in the state. Both Yadav and Sharma are Maoists writing their exams under the watchful eyes of security personnel.

Yadav (30), a sub-zonal commander, faces six cases pertaining to murder, rioting and possessing illegal arms. Sharma (32), a zonal commander has 14 cases against him, including murder, loot and arson. He was nabbed by the police and jailed on June 18, 2008. Both have secured the court’s permission to write the exam like Mohammed Karim, another Maoist who is writing the exam in Daltonganj.

“I was a school dropout. My father, a petty farmer, could not afford my education. In jail I had enough time and began to prepare for the exam,” said Sharma. Yadav said, “In case I fail, I will re-appear.”

Jharkhand Secretary (Human Resource) Mridula Sinha described this as a ‘positive story’. “They seem to have realised that the pen is mightier than the sword,” she said.

Latehar SP Kuldeep Dwivedi and Palamau Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Kaushal said these cases may inspire other jail inmates.

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