A ward meant mainly for AIDS patients at Alipur Central jail was vacated on Saturday to make room for CPI(M) MLA Susanta Ghosh, for whom the prison has taken the appearance of a guesthouse.
Ghosh is in custody on charges of having a hand in the murder of seven Trinamool activists in 2002.
After the HIV patients were sent to other wards from the correctional home in the hospital attached to the jail, new bedsheets and pillow covers were brought for Ghosh. The ward has a TV set with cable facilities. The authorities put on duty five attendants at Ghosh’s service round the clock. They were seen running errands for the former minister. Two sepoys are supplementing the job of the attendants.
Basmati rice and chicken in new utensils, along with packaged mineral water, are part of his meals.
“From Sunday morning the jail the superintendent made special preparations for (Ghosh’s) breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is apart from the food brought from outside. Ghosh had a modest breakfast of bread and butter and coffee in the morning. He is having only packaged mineral water, litres of which are being brought into the jail,” a jail source said.
Inspector general (prison) Ranvir Kumar said: “Since there is a court order that he is to be medically treated, we have put him up in the jail hospital. It is for the doctors at the Alipur correctional home to decide on his stay.”