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Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s day in jail: 5 hours of gardening, reading Gita

Now prisoner number 8647, Ram Rahim, who was convicted for rape of two women and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, is “slowly getting used to life in jail”, said Haryana Director General (Prisons) K P Singh

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Panchkula | Updated: September 20, 2017 8:03 am
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Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was protected by Black Cat commandos for years as part of his Z+ protection, is now guarded by three life convicts duly vetted and cleared by officials of Rohtak’s Sunaria jail. They stay with him in his cell. Now prisoner number 8647, Ram Rahim, who was convicted for rape of two women and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, is “slowly getting used to life in jail”, said Haryana Director General (Prisons) K P Singh.

The convicts guarding him are designated as “Convict Night-Watchmen (CNWs)”. They are “the jail’s most trusted and reliable prisoners” and are with Ram Rahim 24×7 despite their title. These CNWs report back to the barrack officer, who is a police official, who in turn reports to the jail administration. The DGP said the Dera chief was turning out to be “most disciplined and well-behaved prisoner” who follows all directions, eats his meals without a fuss, and carries out his task of gardening in a small patch outside his cell.

Every convict is allowed to talk to a family member for five minutes every day. Ram Rahim has given two phone numbers to the jail officials. Sources said one number was that of Ram Rahim’s adopted daughter Honeypreet, and was switched off, while the other was his personal number. “He must have given it to a confidant. The police officials are on it,” said an official. The DGP said Ram Rahim was in a separate “security cell”.

The Dera chief has been starting his day with two pieces of bread and 250 ml milk before heading to work, which is tilling soil, growing vegetables and watering plants on a 500-yard patch adjacent to his cell. As he works as an unskilled labourer for five hours a day, he gets Rs 20 per day. His family has been allowed to deposit a sum of Rs 5,000 per month, permitted under rules, so that he can buy eatables from the jail tuck shop.

The prescribed diet of Ram Rahim in jail is 3,170 calories. “He is having seven chapatis and dal for lunch and seven chapatis and a vegetable for dinner. He has been taking all his meals without any fuss,” said an official of the prisons department. “Today, ghiya (bottle gourd) will be prepared. Yesterday, it was bhindi (lady finger). Ram Rahim also purchases fruits from the canteen for his consumption,” the official said. The Dera chief, who has been given a white kurta-pyjama, has not been given access to newspapers as yet.

“He had asked for Bhagavad Gita, which has been given to him. Two Dera books were given by his mother during her visit. He reads that in his cell,” the DG (Prisons) said.

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  1. Dandy CoolMe
    Sep 27, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    "He asked for Bhagavad Gita" what a fake BS just for sake of Propaganda, and Dera doesn't have any religious books which they claim his mother gave him. He should be made to do hard work clean other prisoners toilets not be given 3 assistants at his beck at call. They are still giving him special treat allowed to buy anything he wants to eat and drink from prison canteen. This all is not prison sentence.
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    1. Krishnan Chundharan Krishnan
      Sep 24, 2017 at 7:50 pm
      News Reporters, readers always are after convicts personal affairs not the victims. Victims are rather ignored as their own fate.....
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        Debarghya Dutta
        Sep 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm
        My dear author,he is a rapist and murderer.frauds and miscreants like him should not cover newspaper headlines.nobody is interested to know what this moron is doing inside jail
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        1. ramesh_v_sheth
          Sep 20, 2017 at 11:43 am
          Indians have Ram-rahims, as they are neither faithful to Koran (which says that only self-realized preachers sent by Allah are Muslim, who salute Allah present in each and all Indians including Narendra Modi, nor faithful to Bhagavad Gita (which says that there is no birth-caste/varna anguided Arjun to forget his caste and fight per his nature as mind has to be pious sadhu and not to be inactive as escapist from duty per Swa-dharma (to bear God in each and all for life as a game) . Please study and reply, so that you act per Swa-dharma Ma-zahab truly (as the same for entire mankind).
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          1. ramesh_v_sheth
            Sep 20, 2017 at 11:32 am
            Gita guidess to confess but one has to follow it spiritually, as Gita says that Swa-dharma is to bear God in each and all without discrimination and the way you prapadya, God worships you similarly. Oh ! India shall be saved by God dwelling in nuclear weapons, provided your faith is not just your belief in Omnipresent as one in each and all.
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