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Parshant Rahi fights battle similar to Binayak

Umesh Dewan
Tribune News Service, Dehradun, May 30

After spending two years in jail on the charges of being a Naxalite, Binayak Sen is a happy man today, as the Apex Court had issued orders granting him bail.

But, in Uttarakhand, Parshant Rahi, a former journalist, is still languishing in jail on similar charges.

His 27-year-old daughter Shikha Rahi, an assistant director in Mumbai, is fighting a similar situation, as her father Prashant Rahi, referred to as Uttarakhand’s “Binayak Sen”, is still languishing in Haridwar Jail.

A former correspondent with one of the well-established national English daily, Rahi has been under arrest since December 21, 2007 on the charges of leading a Maoist movement in the state.

Shikha Rahi, an assistant director of Taare Zameen Par, is fighting a lone battle as she is still waiting for her father’s plea to be heard. [more]