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Prison dept for disallowing home food to inmates

Last Updated: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 20:00

Mumbai: High-profile inmates lodged in three Maharashtra jails may have to do away with home-made food as the prison department has urged the state government to initiate steps to scrap the facility on security grounds.

The prison department has recently asked the state to stop special treatment to about 30 inmates of high security Arthur Road, Thane and Taloja jails, who had been getting
home-made or outside food after court permissions.

Encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, gangsters Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Arun Gawli, money laundering case accused Kashinath Tapuriah, Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit, oil mafia accused Mohammed Ali are among the inmates who are enjoying this facility.

"The state government is likely to take up the matter with the Bombay High Court soon. Allowing home-made or outside food to the jail inmates is a security risk," IG (Jails)
Surender Kumar said.

"When all other inmates are getting hygienic food then why are these people given special treatment? We cannot keep checking or tasting the food every time these inmates get it from home or outside. What if anything goes wrong?", he asked.

All these issues have been raised in a proposal sent to the government, he added.

The persons bringing the food to these inmates may also act as messengers, jail officials said.


First Published: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 20:00

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