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Prisoners end indefinite fast

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PUDUCHERRY: The tussle between jail authorities and a section of the prisoners at the central prison here came to an end on Friday evening with the inmates deciding to withdraw their “indefinite fast.”

According to the jail authorities, the prisoners, who were on fast since Monday protesting against restrictions on the quantity of eatables and essential articles supplied to them by visitors, posting of Indian Reserve Battalion personnel in the prison complex and denial of parole to a convict prisoner, ended their fast by taking glucose water by 8 p.m. Shortly after that the inmates had food.

The breakthrough came after the Collector deputed the local tahsildar to hold talks with the prisoners. They were assured of action to alleviate their grievances within the framework of Puducherry Prison Rules 1969.

Assurances

With regard to withdrawal of cases relating to the possession of cell phones by some prisoners, it was assured that a decision would be taken in a couple of months after monitoring the conduct of the jail inmates concerned, prison sources said. In certain cases, the Chief Superintendent of Jails would be permitted to use his discretion in allowing eatables over and above the prescribed quantity on merit.

Discharged

A total of 24 convict prisoners who were undergoing treatment at the Government General Hospital here were discharged and returned to the central prison in the afternoon.

However seven undertrials were admitted to the hospital as they consumed a mixture of water and powdered mosquito coil last evening.

According to prison authorities, all the convict prisoners who had fainted after undertaking an “indefinite fast” since Monday evening had been admitted to the Emergency Male Ward at the GH. After their condition became normal, they were discharged.

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