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How Manu Sharma, Pappu Yadav spend time in jail

Last updated on: August 23, 2010 09:23 IST

How Manu Sharma, Pappu Yadav spend time in jail

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They are behind bars for heinous crimes but instead of sulking in their cells, some high-profile prisoners are using their 'expertise' to contribute towards bettering facilities in the Tihar jail and for its inmates.

"These high profile prisoners are constantly in the endeavour to do some good for the prison and its inmates. Manu Sharma has helped in improving the turnover of the jail factory, R K Sharma is helping the prisoners with their legal rights, Pappu Yadav has contributed towards sports promotion inside the prison," a jail official said.

The official said Manu Sharma's business skills has helped in increasing the jail factory's turnover this year to Rs 11.5 crores, which is almost double of last year's.

Sharma was convicted of killing former model Jessica Lall and sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Image: Manu Sharma
Photographs: Saab Pictures
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R K Sharma

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Senior Indian Police Service officer R K Sharma is also helping the prisoners secure their rights using the RTI.

The official also credited Sharma for his efforts that led to prisoners being allowed to avail telephone facility within the high-security campus.

Sharma is serving life imprisonment for planning the murder of Delhi-based journalist Shivani Bhatnagar.

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Santosh Singh

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Santosh Singh, who is a qualified criminal lawyer, is providing legal aid to many fellow prisoners.

Singh was awarded the death sentence for committing the rape and murder of Priyadarshini Mattoo, a Delhi University law student, 11 years ago.

He was initially acquitted by a trial court due to lack of evidence, but was later convicted by the high court after his acquittal sparked public outrage.

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Pappu Yadav

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Bihar politician Pappu Yadav, "has helped in sports promotion inside the prison. Any sports event inside the jail has huge participation by prisoners and it is so well organised that we have even invited a celebrity to inaugurate these events," the official said.

Yadav is a leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of legislator Ajit Sarkar.

 


Photographs: Ranjan Basu/Saab Press
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