'Item dance' at Vijayapura jail: 3 officers suspended

'Item dance' at Vijayapura jail: 3 officers suspended

A few inmates threaten fast in protest against action

'Item dance' at Vijayapura jail: 3 officers suspended

Three jail officers, including the in-charge jail superintendent, have been suspended in connection with the ‘item dance’ episode on the dargah jail premises in the city on Tuesday.

The officers suspended are P S Ambekar, the incharge jail superintendent, chief supervisor (warden) G M Gundalli and supervisor Sampathkumar Kadapatti. 

This was announced by H N Satyanarayana Rao, DGP (prisons), after his visit to the jail on Thursday.

Speaking to mediapersons and after collecting information related to the incident, he said that such an incident should not have happened inside the jail premises.

The three officials have been kept under suspension pending inquiry. The superintendent of police of Vijayapura S N Siddaramappa has been directed to inquire into the incident, he said. The dance by the girls has been recorded by the CCTV on the jail premises.

Rao lamented that the atmosphere in the Vijayapura central jail was totally ‘fearless,’ allowing inmates to act as per their will. He stated that stringent measures would be initiated to stop such ‘undesirable freedom’ of the inmates. 

The DGP said that the inmates should be taught the lessons of transformation and not of enticement. He said he had come to know that it was Sampathkumar who organised the ‘obscene’ dance.

He said necessary restrictions would be imposed on the prisoners being released on parole.

Sub-jailer Naikodi has registered a case against the three suspended officers at the Adarshnagar police station. Vijayapura SP S N Siddaramappa and Belagavi prison superintendent T P Shesha were present with Rao on the occasion.

It is said that five to six inmates have threatened to go on a fast in protest against the suspension of the three officers.

G M Gundalli, the chief supervisor, pleaded innocence in the case, saying he had let the dancers inside the jail on the instructions of the jail superintendent.

DGP (prisons) to conduct probe
Home Minister G Parameshwara on Thursday said he had directed a top police officer to conduct a detailed inquiry into the ‘item dance’ incident at the Vijayapura jail, reports DHNS from Bengaluru.
Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Parameshwarasaid he had asked DGP (prisons) H N Sathyanarayana Rao to conduct an inquiry into the incident, wherein an ‘item dance’ was performed by two women brought from Mumbai.
A circular has been issued stating that such mistakes should not be committed in future, Parameshwara said. Three jail officials have been suspended, pending inquiry by Rao, on Thursday, the minister said. 
Those suspended include jail incharge superintendent P S Ambekar, chief supervisor (warden) G M Gundalli and supervisor Sampathkumar Kadapatti.
On the outcome of the interrogation of six terror suspects from the State arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) recently, Parameshwara said he was not aware of the details.

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