Karim Lala not given adequate security

BANGALORE Oct. 10. Abdul Karim Telagi, alias Karim Lala, accused in the multi-crore stamp-paper racket spanning many States, was seen on the premises of Victoria Hospital with very little security. The reporter of The Hindu and its photographer saw only two constables accompanying him. A few people and a doctor of the hospital wondered whether the security provided for him was adequate. The doctor observed that the enemies of Telagi, if any, could harm him if they had chosen to do so. V.S. Raj, Superintendent of Central Jail, Parappana Agrahara, told The Hindu that the Deputy Superintendent of Police, City Armed Reserve (CAR), had given adequate security to Telagi. He said only that official could explain what was meant by "adequate security.''

Mr. Raj said he did not know the ailment for which Telagi had been taken to the hospital. "There are thousands of inmates in the prison. How will I know the ailment of all of them,'' he asked. Telagi was taken to the hospital as suggested by the jail doctor, he added.

Telagi was taken to the hospital around 10.30 a.m. and he had returned to the jail.