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It's Yogi's show all the way

The Gorakhpur jail looks more like a temple these days with people lining up to have ?Yogi?s darshan? and getting prasad too, HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007, 21:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

Yogi Adityanath seems to be lording it over the Gorakhpur district jail. In recent days, the prison has looked more like a temple with people lining up to have ‘Yogi’s darshan’ and getting prasad too! Devotional music and discourses too are happening with langar being thrown in for good measure.

Gorakhpur traders have stuffed the BJP MP’s barrack with fruits and other edibles, which he is distributing as ‘prasad’ to his supporters. What’s more, Yogi, it is learnt, has also formed about six committees inside the jail.

“The discipline committee has been entrusted with the task of ensuring discipline among jail inmates. The other committees include yagna committee, legal committee, food committee, entertainment committee and medical committee,” a source informed HT

A sadhu from Ayodhya, Manav Kokil Das has been made in-charge of the entertainment committee. He has been entrusted with the task of organising bhajans and discourses for the jail inmates.

Also, two top doctors of Gorakhpur -- city MLA Dr Radha Mohan Das Agarwal and MLC Dr YD Singh, who too were arrested after violence rocked the city recently, have set up a makeshift clinic inside the jail and also started seeing people who come to meet Yogi.

“It felt as though one was visiting a temple-cum clinic,” a source said. Sources said that over five thousand people, of which majority were women and children, had lined up before the jail on Friday. 

The jail officials opened the gate and allowed everyone to enter the high security area in which the barrack of Yogi was located.

Earlier, MLA and fellow jail inmate Amarmani Tripathi made arrangements to entertain Yogi and his aides.

The other day, the saffron leader was given the taste of jailhouse rock (albeit the Bhojpuri version of it). Regaling the ‘select’ audience with some Bhojpuri numbers was Nandu Mishra and Party, a local favourite. The venue was Shatabdi House (barrack).

Adityanath and his supporters are in jail on charges of disturbing peace and violating prohibitory orders. Tripathi, considered very powerful for his proximity with the powers that be, happens to be there in connection with the Madhumita murder case.

Moreover, the city mayor visited the jail regularly, overseeing arrangements for the saffron leader. Also, Adityanath was provided with mobile phones and other facilities.

All this and more were conveyed in a complaint to the DGP by Samajwadi Party (SP) district president Chandrabali Yadav and others.

Talking to Hindustan Times, senior jail superintendent of Gorakhpur district jail Shashi Srivastava said no one was allowed to meet Adityanath on Saturday.

In reply to a question, she said earlier the visitors were allowed to meet according to the rules and regulations of the jail manual. She denied that any party was organised on the jail premises and visitors had access to the barrack of Yogi.

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