Mahatma Gandhi is considered the foremost exponent of non-violence so it’s nothing short of ironic that an accused serial killer has aced an exam on Gandhian principles. Vijay Palande (48), who is accused of four murders and was allegedly a member of underworld don Santosh Shetty’s gang, clinched the second rank in the Gandhism exam conducted at Thane jail.
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Vijay Palande is also allegedly a member of underworld don Santosh Shetty’s gang
But while this feat may come across as a sign of successful reformation in prison or an extensive study of Gandhism over time, Palande unabashedly admits that he only studied the principles for a few days.
“I had appeared for an exam on Gandhi after one of the inmates suggested it to me. I studied for just a few days, and have heard that I aced the exam. I am happy about that,” he told mid-day.
The exam was conducted for inmates at Thane jail on November 28, by the Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal. Around 98 prisoners appeared for the test, which was based on Gandhi’s life and beliefs. Palande scored 66 marks out of 80 and ranked second in the category for inmates who have completed education between Std XI to graduation. Cheating accused Ramesh Israni, who scored 70 marks, came first in the same category.
Thane Central Jail Superintendent Nitin Yachal said, “There were a total of 98 inmates who appeared for the exams. A special programme will be conducted to hand over the passing certificates to all of them very soon.”
March 2012: Vijay Palande and his aides, Dhananjay Shinde and Manoj Gajkosh, allegedly killed aspiring film producer Karan Kakkad in his flat.
April 2012: Palande allegedly killed actor Anuj Tikku’s father, Arunkumar when he arrived unexpectedly from Delhi, by two of Palande’s aides. They hacked the body and dumped the bits in a valley in Chiplun, Ratnagiri. (Read Story)
2012: Palande was also charged with the murder of another person who remains unidentified as only his skull was found.
1998: Palande was accused of the double murder of airport union leader Anup Das and his father Swaraj Ranjan. After being put behind bars for the case, Palande jumped parole in September 2003.
Inmates were divided into three sections while appearing for the exam:
>> Those who have studied between Std V and VII
>> From Std VIII to X
>> Std XI to graduation