BENGALURU: Tension prevailed at the entrance of the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara on Thursday when T T V Dhinakaran, nephew of AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, came to meet her. He spoke to the media and rubbished the allegations that his aunt has been provided special facilities in her cell.
Dhinakaran, along with his supporters came to the jail around afternoon and demanded to meet Sasikala. However, he was stopped at the police check point near the jail and was told to get permission from senior officials.
When policemen refused to heed his demand, Dhinakaran’s supporters shouted slogans against the staff and tried to call some senior politicians. Finally, Dinakaran left without meeting Sasikala. Speaking to Express, the prison staff said that Dinakaran had not taken prior appointment to meet Sasikala. Thus he was denied entry. They later left as it was past visiting hours, the officials added.
More officials transferred
Two days after N S Megharikh took charge as ADGP-Prisons, he visited the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara on Thursday and inspected the facility. Megharikh had told the media on Tuesday that his priority would be to bring some improvements in the department.
Megharikh reportedly visited all the barracks and held a brief meeting with the jail staff. Later, he said, “I found no violation of prison norms. I will visit the facility whenever required. I will do my best to make this central jail a model prison for others.”
On Thursday, the state government transferred some more Prisons Department officials. Anitha R, who was Superintendent of the Bengaluru Central Prison, was moved to Dharwad Central Jail in place of Superintendent P S Ramesh, who was transferred to Bengaluru. Chief Superintendent K Krishnakumar, who was transferred on Monday, has been posted to Kalaburagi Central Prison in place of Somashekar, who was transferred to Bengaluru.
Anitha faced allegations of corruption and helping AIADMK leader Sasikala get special privileges.
The government has effected the transfers after former DIG (Prisons) D Roopa’s report about corruption and irregularities in the Bengaluru Central Prison kicked up a storm. A few days later, she was shunted out to the Transport Department while DGP H N Sathyanarayana Rao was asked to go on leave. Retired IAS officer Vinay Kumar, who is probing Roopa’s allegations, visited the jail on Wednesday to gather information. He is yet to send a report to the government.
Transferred prisoner’s father meets him at Hindalga jail
Belagavi : Ramchandra Murthy, father of convicted prisoner Anantha Murthy who was allegedly beaten by the jail staff and prisoners at Parapana Aghrahara jail in Bengaluru and shifted to Hindalaga jail, met him on Thursday. Ramchandra Murthy, along with two of his relatives went to jail and met his son at the office of the jail superintendent. He and his relatives were allowed to meet in the superintendent’s office instead at the visitors’ lounge. They talked for about half an hour.
Jail sources told the Express that Anantha Murthy who was not in a position to walk properly, was taken to the superintendent’s office with the help of jail staff. Ramchandra Murthy told reporters that his son was beaten badly by the jail staff and other prisoners for standing in favour of DIG D Roopa. He demanded that a high-level inquiry be conducted into the illegal practices in the and the assault on prisoners.