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Diwali darbar behind bars!

india Updated: Oct 21, 2006 00:23 IST

THERE WILL be a big cracker show at Lucknow district jail on the festival of lights, sponsored by bigwigs lodged behind the bars.

Sources said VIPs in the quarantine barrack and gangsters in circle barrack have arranged for firecrackers separately. Besides, the dons in both the barracks have made all arrangements for ‘Lakshmi Pujan’ at the respective barracks.

Orders for sweets have already been placed at leading shops of the city and aides of the dons have been issued directives to reach all supplies to the jail before Saturday evening.

When inquired by jail staff if the inmates were being allowed to bring luxury commodities inside the jail, they initially feigned ignorance, but later, they admitted it and expressed helplessness in keeping check over supply of crackers and other goods inside the jail.

The officials, on condition of anonymity, said those lodged in quarantine barrack were either close associates of don-turned MLA Mukhtar Ansari or of MLA Amaramani Tripathi, who is supporting the ruling government. None of the jail staff could muster courage to oppose the activities by these inmates as Ansari himself is equally powerful as a cabinet rank minister, presently.

On the other hand, those visiting Amarmani Tripathi frequently in jail included heavyweights in the State government.

When inquired why inmates of other barrack were allowed the same, the officials said since they were unable to check VIPs in quarantine and how they were applying force on other inmates to keep away from celebrating the festival.

Delight was clearly visible on faces of the inmates close to the gangsters in Circle barrack and the dons in quarantine barrack. They did not hide their joy and said, “Abki bhaiyya ne sara intezam bade star pe kiya hai. Kewal mithai hi nahi achhi daru aur badhiya khane ka bhi pura prabandh hai kal”. (Boss has made all arrangements. Not only sweets, there is also good arrangement of meal and liquor).

HT Lucknow Live talked to a hardcore gangster lodged in quarantine barrack regarding the arrangement being made by him tomorrow. The gangster initially denied for any such thing but later came out openly with his plans. He said he has given the list of merchandise required to celebrate Deepawali to his aides.

The don said, “Jail ke aas paas ke ilake mein logon ko pata chalna chahiye ki jail me Diwali kaise manayi jati hai. Koi kami nahi hogi bahar aur andar ki masti me.” (People around the jail should witness the celebration of the festival inside the jail. Nothing would be missing and nobody would feel the difference between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’).