The alleged VIP treatment to five hardcore criminals has landed the Nellore Central Jail authorities in serious trouble. The prisoners include Zia-ul-Haq, an accused in the Gokul chat bhandar blast case, Ali Bhai, an aide of Dawood Ibrahim, and three ISI operatives.
The prisoners, involved in the extremist activities and other serious crimes, were brought to Nellore jail from Cherlapally jail in Hyderabad five months ago after skirmishes among the prisoners in Cherlapally. Ever since they were brought here, the five prisoners have been demanding preferential treatment, including unani health treatment, whenever they fell sick. Shockingly, the prison authorities kowtowed to their demands.
Though they were taken to the government hospital on Monday and Tuesday following complaints of `severe heart pain’ with 15 armed guards protecting them, sources said the prisoners’ gameplan was to come out of the prison walls and get in touch with their handlers over mobile phones supplied to them by outsiders and some prison workers. Criticising the jail officials, BJYM leader C Janardhan Raju said any thing could have happened during the 30-minute ride from the jail to the hospital. “They are hard core criminals facing serious charges. How could the authorities dance to their tunes by organizing unani treatment in the hospital,” he sought to know.
Sources said, though there was a certified doctor in the jail deputed by the government, these five prisoners insist only on unani treatment. “They used to ask for Ayurveda doctors and now demand unani cure, which is available only in the district headquarters hospital. They were only trying to find a way out of the jail to get in touch with their bosses,” said human rights activist M Raja Reddy.
So much so, the five inmates have started demanding that they be shifted to Hyderabad for specialized medical treatment. “They are in perfect health. Their game plan is to get away from the prison and talk to their handlers,” a prison guard told TOI on condition of anonymity. The aim was to maintain communication network, he said. TOI