SYL protest: Abhay Chautala spends sleepless night in Patiala jail
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala had a sleepless night in Patiala Central Jail, as the jail officials, in bid to avoid any controversy, didn’t give him any VIP treatment. Chautala, along with 72 other INLD leaders, were given food and other facilities, alike other jail inmates.punjab Updated: Feb 25, 2017 15:30 IST
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala had a sleepless night in Patiala Central Jail, as the jail officials, in bid to avoid any controversy, didn’t give him any VIP treatment. Chautala, along with 72 other INLD leaders, were given food and other facilities, alike other jail inmates.
After being presented in the court of sub-divisional magistrate Harpreet Sudan under the Sections 107 (security for keeping the peace in other cases) and 151(arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences) of the Code Of Criminal Procedure, Chautala and others were sent to judicial custody till February 27. Chautala was shifted from Rajpura to Patiala at around 10pm, where INLD workers were moved to three barracks.
Chautala also slept on ground like other inmates, and was given food as per jail manual. He, however, had a sleepless night. The jail administration also conducted medical tests of all INLD workers who were arrested for entering Punjab to dig Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal on Thursday evening.
A large number of Chautala’s supporters arrived in Patiala on Friday, but jail administration didn’t allow them to meet Chautala or others.
However the jail officials handed over the daily use items to Chautala and other arrested leaders, given by the visiting INLD workers.
“There is no provision to provide special treatment to any inmate. As per manual, INLD leaders were given jail cooked breakfast, and Chautala ate chapattis and dal in the afternoon. He also requested for newspapers, which were provided to him,” said a jail official.
Jail superintendent Bhupinder Singh said that as jail manual does not allow any meeting on holidays, thus no one was allowed to meet INLD leaders. He said that the medical has been conducted of all INLD workers, and few of them asked for medicines, which were provided.
Meanwhile, it is said that INLD leader OP Chautala, who is on parole, is likely to visit the arrested leaders on Saturday.