Three cadre of Al-Umma, a banned Muslim fundamentalist organisation, serving life sentences in different central prisons across the State have topped amongst inmates, in the SSLC examinations.
According to sources in the prison department, life convict Seeni Nainar Mohammed, presently lodged at Puzhal Central Prison, scored 419 out of 500 and stood first among the prisoners who took the examination.
Mohammed was among six accused persons convicted in Tirunelveli in 2011 and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Hindu Munnani State president P. Rajagopalan in 1994.
Life convict Aslam alias ‘Tada’ Aslam (Salem Central Prison) scored 383 out of 500 and stood second, followed by Syed Mohamed Buhari (Coimbatore Central Prison) with a score of 373. The duo was in the serial bomb blast case in Coimbatore, sources said.
“The three life convicts are evincing a keen interest in pursuing higher education. The State government provides free education for inmates and many have also obtained postgraduate degrees,” a senior prison official said.
Of the 63 inmates who appeared for the class X examination, 57 have passed. Puzhal Prison-II, Vellore and Palayamkottai Central Prisons recorded 100 per cent results with all candidates passing.