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Kolkata: West Bengal's jail authorities have made arrangements for the inmates of all central and district correctional homes across the State to view World Cup matches live on television. This follows a request to the State's Jails department by Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

"Necessary arrangements are being made without compromising on security and the superintendents of correctional homes have been instructed accordingly," B.D. Sharma, Inspector-General Prisons, told The Hindu here.

Colour TV sets have been installed in the recreation rooms and some of the State's six central and 16 district correctional homes. "Cable connections have been made especially for the purpose which will be withdrawn once the event is over," Mr. Sharma said.

The Governor had received requests from the inmates of the Darjeeling correctional home during his visit there early this month. Special security measures have to be taken as the matches could be viewed only at night.

The jail authorities have been directed to deploy additional security personnel during telecasts, intensify vigil and step up patrolling.

"The people of West Bengal are football crazy. It is so with the inmates in different correctional homes," Mr. Sharma said.