Lifer uses Facebook,jail orders probe

Durgesh Bhadouria is in trouble. He has changed his profile picture five times and made more than a hundred friends on Facebook and the authorities believe that is a little too much of social networking for a man in jail

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: April 10, 2012 3:27 am

Durgesh Bhadouria is in trouble. He has changed his profile picture five times and made more than a hundred friends on Facebook and the authorities believe that is a little too much of social networking for a man in jail.

Bhadouria,around 30,is serving a life sentence at Gwalior Central Jail for murdering his wife. He is in his fourth year of his sentence.

Bhadouria knows a thing or two about computers,so the jail authorities would now and then seek his services to fix their machines. Initially,his skill was utilised only to fix small problems but soon he was punching in data. In prisons,short of trained staff,that is not uncommon. Convicts and undertrials are frequently employed to update jail records — some are imparted basic computing skills as part of rehabilitation effort — but they are barred from accessing the Internet.

Bhadouria,however,had unguarded access to the computers and the internet,Gwalior Jail Superintendent D S Alawa admitted,because he was qualified.

Alawa,however,believes the convict might have created his Facebook profile while he was out on parole. In Madhya Pradesh,convicts are entitled to parole after serving two years of their term,provided their conduct is good.

Bhadouria took to Facebooking with enthusiasm. He posted his concern for female foeticide and shared quotable quotes and videos. His personal information,however,he kept to the minimum: a single male.

Then,the jailors got wind that an inmate was well connected to the outside world without their knowledge. Last week,Bhadouria’s Facebook account was shut down.

The authorities have also ordered a probe to find out “if the convict misused the Internet facility in any way”,DIG,Jails,Suhail Ahmed said.

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