Post 4, Sargana

1:30 p.m.: As I wandered about the Sargana Block bazaar, I heard Shyamdev Mandal call out to me. He was sitting with Vinay Mandal, his long-time friend and mentor. Vinay has recently been released from prison where he was serving a sentence for illegal encroachment into private property. The case was slapped on him by landlords who claimed ownership over the local temple. Shyamdev, Vinay and their friends refused to admit such claims, arguing that the temple was public property not a private fiefdom. Vinay was in prison for nearly a year but, thanks to Shyamdev’s efforts, his lawyers’ skill and a sympathetic judge, has now been released.