Nothing tastes like freedom. None other than the convicts, who were released on the occasion of 70th Independence Day yesterday, can explain this to you better. To be precise, 52 convicts, including 17 women, were set free from Mysuru prison based on their good conduct.
Many of them were wordless for obvious reasons. Relatives and family members who came to know about the release, gathered in large numbers in front of the jail and waited for District In-charge Minister H C Mahadevappa to issue certificates for the release during a programme organised on the premises of Central prisons. The moment the convicts stepped out of the jail, their relatives, overcome with emotion, ran towards them and hugged them. It was a sight to behold.
Based on their good conduct on many counts, while they were serving their sentence, the convicts were released.
Three women of the same family from Gayathripuram _ Khairunnisa, Afsari and Nargis _ who were convicted in a dowry harassment case were released. Hema, a resident of Mellahalli, Siddegowda of T Narasipur, Chokira Subbaiah and Chokira Lokesh of Madikeri, Magalli and many others were released on the occasion.
Four close associates of forest brigand Veerappan, who were serving life sentence, also walked out of the jail. Anburaj, Tupaki Siddan, Tangaraju and Appuswamy, who were convicted for abducting forest officers from Gundal forest, were a relieved lot as they stepped out of the jail. All the four, residents of Bhavani taluk of Erode district of Tamil Nadu, were serving 18-year jail term, including two years’ remission. They were released based on their good conduct. Anburaj, Tupaki Siddan, Tangaraju and Appuswamy, it is learnt have earned more than Rs 50,000 during their stay in the jail. Jail term, it seems, has reformed them to a large extent. The four revealed that they would like to engage themselves in agricultural activities and some business.