Anusuya Sen (84) is waiting for her son to return to her and ask for his favourite dishes. The thought haunted her, for Tuesday was her son Binayak Sen's 61st birthday.
She said she was bracing herself for a long legal battle till the Supreme Court decided on the fate of her son, now lodged in a jail in MP's Bilaspur under a lifer. Sen is accused of carrying messages from Maoist ideologue Narayan Sanyal to the underground Maoists.
At Parul Park in Kalyani, about 50 km north of Kolkata, there was a small gathering of friends, relatives and neighbours. Anasuya cut her son's birthday cake and joined a candle light vigil.
"This is not justice. We will go to the high court. If nothing happens, we will go to the Supreme Court. Rana (Binayak's nickname) will come back home. He will continue his good work," said Anusuya.
"They have told me he is in a cell and is being always watched through CCTV," she said.
In Delhi, supporters and friends of Binayak Sen celebrated his birthday by launching a month-long campaign to feed the homeless in the capital during this winter.
The initiative, 'Free Binayak Sen campaign', is meant to attract public attention to the issue of malnutrition among the poor and is part of a larger campaign calling for the immediate release of Sen.
In Kolkata, about 200 doctors put their signatures on a giant board, demanding Sen's unconditional release.
"He is a role model to all doctors. We demand unconditional release of Binayak Sen," said Sanjib Mukherjee, a doctor.
The forum has planned to organise medical and blood donation camps to propagate their demand among all sections of society.