A life-term convict who had a premature release last week expressed his reservations about it when the scribe a couple of released prisoners. The convict said that they were hurt by certain “incomplete reports”.
Taken aback, this scribe asked him the reason and he said, “There are two prisons in Puzhal — one for trial accused and the other for convicts. All the seizures took place in the first prison as the inmates are detained for a brief period and they find ways to smuggle in phones and even tobacco products.”
“No such things can happen in the prison for convicts. After a period, the inmates get used to the routine. The one thing that would have occupied most of life convicts is the longing to spend time with their families.
When we read newspapers about cell phone seizures, we feel that we are also accused of it,” said the man, who was imprisoned for 14 years in connection with a double murder case.
At that time, all this reporter could do was promise that he would keep the difference in mind while reporting such incidents in future. After which the former prisoner also asked him to spread the word around among his media friends.
— Venkadesan S, Chennai