Influential criminals having fun and a lavish life with all the amenities provided for has been a common story line in most of the Bollywood gangster movies. But the revelation of real life prisoners accessing Facebook from cells could give a new story line to the reel life. According to NDTV, seven prisoners accused of killing TP Chandrasekheran, who was a Left leader for most part of his political career, were found uploading pictures on Facebook. The new controversy in the state has even forced Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan visit the jail in Kozhikode, 300 km from the capital Thiruvanathapuram.
The pictures have been uploaded on Manoj Kirmani’s Facebook page who is one of the inmate accused of grafting the conspiracy that led to Chandrasekharan’s gory death in 2012 – he was found cut into pieces. The Facebook page of Manoj which screams of the love and support for DYFI has been quite active with sharing images and the latest activity was on first December. The picture that got the media attention is the one shared below where all the inmates are posing minus their prisoner uniforms.
The controversy erupted when local television channels started broadcasting the activity of the inmates on Facebook. It is being said that the inmates have access to mobile – which is being used to carry out the activities on the popular social networking site.
An inquiry is being carried out and Director General of Police is probing the matter according to the Home Minister of the state. Interestingly, it has already been reported that no mobile phones were found in an inspection at the jail premises.
Facebook activities by the undertrials clearly show the privilege the prisoners are availing. In fact access to mobile by inmates is a common thing but access to social networking sites like Facebook has come up for the first time. I guess from now on the inmates might want to network on more closed networks like messaging apps. It would be interesting to find out how then would the state government like to keep a tab on such activities carried out by prisoners.