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Day after group clash, 32 prisoners shifted out of Parappana Agrahara jail

About 32 convicts were moved out of the prison on Saturday after they were allegedly involved in a group clash when DIG D Roopa visited the jail.

Two reports to her higher up from Roopa alleging preferential treatment for VIP prisoners, including AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, touched off the controversy, prompting the state government to order the high-level probe led by former IAS officer Vinay Kumar.

During Roopa’s visit, a group of prisoners raised slogans praising her, while another group supporting other senior jail officers took objection to them and raised anti-Roopa slogans.

The jail staff intervened and sent the prisoners to their barracks.

Alarmed by the incident, jail authorities shifted the prisoners involved in the clash on Saturday night.

While the exact number could not be ascertained, an unconfirmed reports said 32 prisoners were sent to various prisons across the state.

Three prisoners -Ananthamurthy, of Balu and Long Babu -arrived in Hindalga jail in Belagavi on Sunday afternoon, while four others were sent to a Dharwad jail.

“As many as 32 convicts jailed in Parapanna Agrahara Prison have been shifted to Ballari and Belagavi prisons. They have been shifted because they tried to air their grievances and level corruption charges against senior jail authorities, including the chief jail superintendent.” an unnamed official said.

Prisoners Syed Kaisar, Vasant Urs, and Krishna Mallaiah were shifted to Kalaburagi central jail on Sunday afternoon.

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