Dancers in Patti jail: Probe finds jail officials on wrong footing

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2015 09:24 IST

A probe initiated into the Patti sub jail officials in Tarn Taran district allowing dancers to perform for the inmates during a Baisakhi function organised inside the jail on April 14 has found the jail authorities on wrong footing.

Amritsar jail superintendent RK Sharma, who was probing into the incident after a controversy erupted, said the dance performance inside the jail was in violation of the jail rules as no permission was taken for the function.

He, however, said, “Such functions do require permissions and in this case no permission was sought.”

The jail superintendent said the probe report had been forwarded to additional deputy general of police (ADGP, prisons) RP Meena.
“Definitely permission from the ADGP or the district magistrate is required for such functions as dancers are not allowed inside the jail. I had gone to the Patti jail on Thursday to conduct a probe, where jail superintendent Davinder Singh Randhawa told me that he was unaware that permission was needed,” added Sharma.

Jail officials refute Cong’s allegations

Congress leader Harminder Gill alleged that the function was organised by a politically influential person, who is an undertrial in a murder case.

But the jail authorities denied the charges, stating that the function was organised after money was pooled in by the inmates.

“During the probe, I found that the function was organised after the money was pooled in by inmates and the dance group was paid `13,000 for the event,” said the jail superintendent.

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