New Delhi: Delhi’s most wanted gangster Neeraj Bawana has demanded iPod, FM Radio and home cooked food, preferably non veg, inside his Tihar jail cell. He has told the prison officers that since he is segregated and kept in isolation in Tihar jail, he needs these item to “pass time and maintain his sanity.”
The jailed gangster, who was Delhi’s most wanted gangster until his arrest in April 2015, listed the demands to the superintendent of jail number 2, where he is currently lodged. A prison officer, privy to the development, said jail’s superintendent has told Bawana that such items are not permitted to be given to the prisoners under the jail manual rules. The officer reportedly told Bawana that he already has access to the prison’s in-house radio service where he can listen to music. In Tihar, prisoners run an in-house radio service across the jails.
Unlike the 17,000 prisoners who share cells or barracks inside the 400 acre Tihar prison complex, Bawana and two other prisoners – underworld don Chhota Rajan and gangster-turned politician Mohammad Shahabuddin – are lodged alone in separate cells. Rajan was convicted in the 2011 murder of the journalist Jyotirmay Dey and sentenced last year to a life term while Mohammad Shahabuddin, found guilty in a 2004 double murder is serving a life sentence. The three are lodged in adjacent cells but are barred from interacting with each other or any other prisoner.
Bawana was earlier lodged in jail number 1 with other prisoners but was transferred to the high-security ward next to Rajan and Shahabuddin last year after Delhi police informed the prison authorities that Bawana was in touch with his gang members inside and outside prison.