Puzhal Prison-II, Vellore and Palayamkottai Central Prisons record 100 per cent result

Three cadre of the banned Al-Umma, a Muslim fundamentalist organisation, serving life sentences in different Central Prisons across the State have emerged toppers among inmates in the SSLC examination, the results of which were published on Friday.

According to Prison department sources, life convict Seeni Nainar Mohammed, lodged in Puzhal Central Prison, scored 419 out of 500 marks and stood first among prisoners who took the examination. Mohammed was among the six accused persons convicted by a TADA court in Tirunelveli in 2011 and sentenced to life imprisonment for their involvement in the murder of Hindu Munnani State president P. Rajagopalan in Madurai October 10, 1994. The case was investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Life convicts Aslam alias ‘Tada’ Aslam (Salem central prison) scored 383 out of 500 marks and stood second, followed by Syed Mohamed Buhari (Coimbatore central prison) with 373 out of 500 marks. The duo was involved in different cases, including the serial bomb blast case in Coimbatore, the sources said.

“The three life convicts are evincing keen interest in pursuing higher education. The State government provides free education to inmates and many have obtained post-graduate degrees in the recent times,” a senior prison official said.

Of the 63 inmates who appeared for the SSLC examination, 57 passed. Puzhal Prison-II, Vellore and Palayamkottai Central Prisons recorded 100 per cent result.