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Prisoners go on strike on Oct 2 for non-veg food, cable tv

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016,12:09 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Raipur | Prisoners of Chhattisgarh’s Raipur Central Jail observed a hunger strike on Gandhi Jayanti to press their demands including access to private TV channels and non-vegetarian food.

They called off the protest after the administration assured to meet ‘genuine’ demands.

The inmates at Raipur Central Jail who had gone on hunger strike yesterday ended their protest today,” district collector O P Choudhary told PTI.

Entertainment channels besides the Doordarshan, sports equipment, speedy consideration of parole applications, non-veg food, and expansion of barracks were among their demands.

Authorities assured that their genuine demands would be met, the collector said.

Parole applications will be dealt with on time and a digital set-top box will be installed in the jail premises so that they can watch entertainment and news channels, he added.

Additional District Magistrate and Sub-Divisional Magistrate level officers will hold discussions with prisoners from time-to-time to hear their grievances, he added.

Some other demands like non-veg food were unacceptable, but these demands were made only by a section of inmates, the collector said.