Library converted to serve non-vegetarian food and liquor to inmates

A team of 10 police officers and 50 policemen, led by Additional Superintendent of Police R. Lakshman, on Thursday night raided a sub-jail at Bovipalya here and found that jail inmates, with the help of the jail staff, were leading a luxurious life inside the jail.

A library in the sub-jail has been converted into a place where non-vegetarian food was prepared and served along with liquor to the jail inmates.

The police found that people manning the place were selling non-vegetarian food and drinks at double the cost.

The library, kitchen and a storeroom is under the control of jailor Chikke Gowda and 330 prisoners in five cells and eight barracks come under the control of jailor Chude Gowda.

A sum of Rs. 17,200 sale proceeds and a few American dollars were seized in the raid.

The police also recovered groceries, soaps, toothpaste, ganja, tobacco, gutka, liquor, cigarettes, mobile phones, phone chargers, pen drives, a notebook having contact numbers of jail inmates of Parappana Agrahara Jail in Bangalore and advocates and a gas stove among other items.

Mr. Lakshman told The Hindu that it was found that jailors and the jail staff were helping jail inmates establish contact with the outside world, including inmates in other jails, and lead a luxurious life inside the jail.

He added that the staff helped inmates find advocates to get bail.

He said cases have been registered in the Tumkur Rural police station against the jail staff.

The raid party included police officers L. Jagadish, Raghavendra, B.S. Abdul Khadar and Giri.

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