CCTV, books, 24/7 security for JNUSU prez Kanhaiya at Tihar Jail

  • Ananya Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 09:06 IST
Delhi police takes JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar to Tihar Jail after his hearing at Patiala court, in New Delhi on February 17, 2016. (Virendra Singh Gosain/ Hindustan Times)

A television set, a few books, clean blankets and newspapers have been placed at an independent cell in Tihar Jail for JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.

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Kumar was on Wednesday sent to judicial custody till March 2 by a Delhi district court.

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A 10 feet by 20 feet cell in jail number 3 with an attached toilet, round-the-clock security cover and CCTV surveillance is to be Kumar’s home till March 2, said sources at Tihar Jail.

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The undertrials and convicts, lodged in the jail for heinous cases, were curious to know who would share a cell with a PhD scholar. “When the news of Kanhaiya coming to Tihar spread, the inmates started to talk about it. None of them wanted a PhD student to stay with them. He would be such a misfit, they all said,” a source in Tihar said.

He said the inmates were relieved to know Kumar will be kept in an independent cell.

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A few, who were JNU aspirants, seemed excited though. “Some of them said they will stay up till late to catch a glimpse of the ‘leader’,” a source said.

A Tamil Nadu Special Police personnel will accompany Kumar at all times. “He will be with him even at night. If Kumar wants to go out of the cell to make a phone call or the dispensary or even to take a walk, the security will accompany him. Since he is vulnerable to attacks, sufficient arrangements have been made to keep him safe,” a Tihar official said.

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