20% prisoners in Kerala jails are innocent, says Director General of Police

Inmates rest at  a workshop at a state maximum security jail in Padova

Jail DGP Dr Alexander Jacob said 20 % of jail inmates are innocent. They were only included due to circumstantial evidences and hadn’t done any crime. Many are undergoing sentence due to lack of proper legal assistance. DGP was speaking after inaugurating the prize distribution ceremony to winners of short story poem competition for jail inmates organized by Alap , art and cultural association in Kannur.

DGP added, ‘some are those who own up the crime for others and for political parties. Looking at Mambaram Divakaran seated in the stage, DGP said Divakaran, who is now acting as jail advisory committee member, was also in jail. I know he was innocent and the government knows too. But he was in jail for a certain period,’ said DGP. The government is trying to make considerable changes to improve the condition of jail inmates. Drama will be produced and presented by jail inmates, in association with Kerala Sanageetha Nataka academy. This will be presented in TV and Youtube. Those who are interested in film acting would be given opportunity and they have received invites. Music will be taught in jail and Chenda training already began in Thiruvananthapuram jail led by Sangeetha Nataka Academy. Programmes will be made for AIR. This is already on in Thiruvananthapuram women’s jail and will start soon in Kannur.

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