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‘Maoist’ couple surrender outside Maha legislature

An artiste-activist couple from a Pune-based theatre group, accused of having Maoist links, surrendered to police outside the high-security precincts of Maharashtra legislature here on Tuesday.

The duo, Sachin Mali and Sheetal Sathe of the Kabir Kala Manch, have been charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for having Maoist links.

‘We wish to come clean of all allegations slapped against us mentioning us as providing aid to and assisting the Naxal (Maoist) movement. We wish to co-operate with the agencies and wish to have our names cleared,’ Mali said as he was being escorted away by police under tight security.

The couple, which had gone underground and remained wanted for several years, have contended that their surrender is like a ‘revolution’ and that they expected restraint from torture or being implicated in false cases by the  authorities.
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