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`I want to help jail inmates'

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BANGALORE: Fashion designer Prasad Bidapa has said he is keen to work with human rights organisations and jail inmates.

Mr. Bidapa, who was detained in Dubai on charges of drug trafficking, said he is planning to collect blankets for inmates of the Central Prison in Bangalore. He may visit the jail shortly. "I know I was really lucky to be released from the detention centre; there are several other people who are languishing there," he added.

Mr. Bidapa, who was arrested by the Dubai police on June 11 on charges of carrying marijuana, was released on a mercy petition filed by his wife, Judith.

Recalling his days in the detention centre, Mr. Bidapa said he spent most of his time reading books and exercising. "I read the Koran and short stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In fact, it was at the detention centre that I got time to catch up on reading."

Mr. Bidapa said he looked after a Persian gentleman whose condition worsened after he was arrested for carrying tablets containing a chemical banned in Dubai. He also helped people with their physical fitness programme, he added.

Of the lighter moments in the detention centre, Mr. Bidapa said he gave information about Indian films to other inmates. He showed them how to walk the ramp. "The corridors are really long and we had a lot of time on our hands," he said.

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