Mysore

R-Day: 23 prison inmates walk free

Inmates of the Mysuru Central Prison, who were released based on the good conduct on the occasion of Republic Day, have promised to lead a dignified life hereafter.

Around 23 inmates, all men, walked free on Thursday in the city. A majority of them, who were convicted for committing heinous crimes like murder and rape, have spent their life-term of over 14 years in jail.

Nanjunda of Kerehalli in Chamarajanagar, who has spent over 18 years in jail for three murders and an attempt to murder, said that although he was a Class 2 dropout, was able to learn Hindi and English in jail. He has developed interest in theatre and has acted in plays such as ‘Taledanda’, ‘Maranayaka’, ‘Jotegiruvanu Chandira’, ‘Soole Sanyasi’. “I have learnt the importance of life in the jail. No one should lose their temper at any cost. Due to a silly reason, I spent 18 years in jail,” he says. Nanjunda was jailed on July 13, 1999, for killing his maternal uncle, aunt and brother-in-law owing to a family dispute. Now, 44-year-old Nanjunda wants to spend a meaningful life.

All the inmates, who were released from jail, want to lead a happy and peaceful life.  District in-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa formally distributed release certificates to the inmates during a programme organised in the jail. The government’s motto is to give an opportunity to such people to come to the mainstream of the society, he added.

Deputy Commissioner D Randeep, Mayor M J Ravikumar and others were present.

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