Karnataka: 3 jail officials suspended over Republic Day 'item-number'

The event was reportedly held before releasing 38 prisoners for good conduct; spectators even showered notes on the dancer

Vijayapura (Karnataka): Two jail officials and a policeman were yesterday suspended after a female dancer’s Republic Day performance on “item songs” in the dargah prison campus here triggered a controversy.

Action had been taken against the jail in charge P S Ambekar, Warden Sampat and Head Constable Gundalli based on the report from Vijayapura District Superintendent of Police Siddaramappa, DGP (Prisons) Satyanarayana Rao told reporters. In the video footage aired by some TV channels, a few people saw currency notes being showered on the dancer. The event was reportedly held before releasing 38 prisoners from the jail for good conduct.

The dance show was held before the district in charge minister M B Patil and other dignitaries arrived at the function and presented release certificates to the convicts. Rao said Bengaluru police would investigate the incident thoroughly to find out as to who arranged the item songs and for what purpose.

He said it should not have happened and instructions will be given to jail officials to not commit such mistakes in the future. Rao said officials have been asked to keep a vigil on bad elements and illegal activities of prisoners. He said jammers would be installed in the jail campus to stop misuse of mobiles by prisoners.

Rao came to the city soon after some TV channels aired the footage. He said he had given instructions to Belagavi Jail Superintendent to inspect the jail and send a report.

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