Sunday, September 2, 2012

Painter, cook or… Gawli gets to choose a job in jail

Arun Gawli

Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Mumbai: The once-dreaded don Arun Gawli, who will soon be shifted to Yerawada jail to serve his life sentence, could be assigned a job like any other convict.
    Convicts have to work as painters, carpenters, shoemakers, handloom-operators, cooks or tailors. The work that Gawli gets will depend on what he would be interested in doing. 

    Gawli, who had been acquitted in 48 criminal cases earlier, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday for his involvement in the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamalakar Jamsandekar.
    In 1997, he was externed from Mumbai limits and stayed in Pune. He then floated his own political party, Akhil Bhartiya Sena and contested the MLA election. He won. However, he lost the legislator’s election in 2009 since he was in jail for the murder case. His daughter Geeta won the corporation’s election and is currently chairperson of the BMC’s health committee.
    As a murder convict, Gawli will wear a white uniform with black stripes and a white cap. Sources in Taloja jail said that Gawli will be shifted to Yerwada jail which houses the maximum convicts in the state. Taloja jail is meant for undertrial inmates. Now, Gawli will have to wash his two sets of convict’s clothes.
    Inmates convicted for an offence up to an imprisonment of three months are given a number beginning with alphabet ‘A’. Those convicted for between three months and five years are given the ‘B’ series and those for heinous crimes such as murder, the ‘C’ series.  
Convicts who get rigorous imprisonment are offered jobs such as carpentry and making carpets, which may end up in government offices They may help prepare food, which is also served to their fellow inmates Earlier, convicts had to break stones; now, they have to work inside jail premises where factories have been made for them According to jail manual, unskilled convicts are paid Rs 12.75 a day, semi-skilled convicts Rs 17 and skilled convicts Rs 25.50 as remuneration

The Times of India, September 2, 2012

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