‘Clean-up’ in Kerala jails begins

PRISON_1.jpg.crop_display.jpg

In a smooth operation, around 350 portraits of political leaders and social figures including Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, AKG, EMS and Pinarayi Vijayan were removed from Kannur Central Jail on Sunday.

Several pictures and idols of various gods, religious figures and film stars were removed from the Viyyur central prison in Thrissur and Poojapura central prison here.

Anticipating tension, two platoons of armed personnel from the Malabar Special Police force accompanied the prison officials while they searched the Kannur Central Jail. However, there was no resistance from the prisoners.

The searches followed a recent visit by the home minister, Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan to the Kannur and Poojappura jails. During the visit, he had asked prison officials to remove pictures of the political and religious leaders.

As ADGP (Prisons) Alexander Jacob insisted on a specific government order, the government issued the order the other day.

A team led by DIG(Prison), North Zone, K Radakrishnan and Kannur jail superintendent Sivadasan Thaiparambil carried out the search at the Kannur central jail.

The portraits of the Marxist leaders were removed mainly from block no. 8, referred to as a Marxist citadel. Names of Marxist martyrs that were sculptured in the prison premises were also removed. The search that began by 11.30 am lasted till 3 pm.

Scores of images of different gods that were removed from the cells of the Poojapura central prison were shifted to the worship centres of different religions in the prison premises.

“We have also seized several utensils from the cell that were used by the prisoners to cook the vegetables grown in the prison premises,” said prison superintendent A. Pradeep, who led the search.

The cells of Viyyur central jail were dotted not only with pictures of political and social figures, but also with pictures of films actors.

“There were not many photos of political leaders here, unlike the Kannur prison. And the walls, on the back of the pictures drawn, would be whitewashed soon,” said jailor T Baburaj.

The jail authorities also searched the personal belongings of the jail inmates in order to screen out weapons and drugs. However, no such case was found.

Post new comment

<form action="/comment/reply/162101" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="comment-form"> <div><div class="form-item" id="edit-name-wrapper"> <label for="edit-name">Your name: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="60" name="name" id="edit-name" size="30" value="Reader" class="form-text required" /> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-mail-wrapper"> <label for="edit-mail">E-Mail Address: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="64" name="mail" id="edit-mail" size="30" value="" class="form-text required" /> <div class="description">The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.</div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-comment-wrapper"> <label for="edit-comment">Comment: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <textarea cols="60" rows="15" name="comment" id="edit-comment" class="form-textarea resizable required"></textarea> </div> <fieldset class=" collapsible collapsed"><legend>Input format</legend><div class="form-item" id="edit-format-1-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-1"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-1" name="format" value="1" class="form-radio" /> Filtered HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Allowed HTML tags: &lt;a&gt; &lt;em&gt; &lt;strong&gt; &lt;cite&gt; &lt;code&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;dl&gt; &lt;dt&gt; &lt;dd&gt;</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-format-2-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-2"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-2" name="format" value="2" checked="checked" class="form-radio" /> Full HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> </fieldset> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-fc69b48a616d69553be80a2e6b55a6e8" value="form-fc69b48a616d69553be80a2e6b55a6e8" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-comment-form" value="comment_form" /> <fieldset class="captcha"><legend>CAPTCHA</legend><div class="description">This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.</div><input type="hidden" name="captcha_sid" id="edit-captcha-sid" value="82340389" /> <input type="hidden" name="captcha_response" id="edit-captcha-response" value="NLPCaptcha" /> <div class="form-item"> <div id="nlpcaptcha_ajax_api_container"><script type="text/javascript"> var NLPOptions = {key:'c4823cf77a2526b0fba265e2af75c1b5'};</script><script type="text/javascript" src="http://call.nlpcaptcha.in/js/captcha.js" ></script></div> </div> </fieldset> <span class="btn-left"><span class="btn-right"><input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-submit" value="Save" class="form-submit" /></span></span> </div></form>

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.