Sunday, November 25, 2012

From a BJP minister to Qaidi No 14261

Gujarat EDN
AM 01SEP2012

Maya Kodnani will be given a white uniform for convicts at jail today

Hemington James

    Former BJP minister Maya Kodnani who led a violent mob to Naroda Patiya 10 years ago, walked out of the court in tears, clinging on to her husband after she was awarded 28 years in prison by the special court on Friday. She also had by her side her sister and a handful of women supporters. Her party, the BJP, seemed to have deserted her completely.
    This is in stark contrast to her earlier arrest when the party members had turned out in full force at the crime branch headquarters and shouted slogans like, “Mayaben tum aghe badho, hum tumhare saath hain.
(Mayaben you go ahead. We are there to support you.) The leader who earlier won elections with a thumpingmajority,wentbacktojail on Friday desolate and dejected.
    The first woman and sitting MLA to be convicted for her involvement in the riots will now spend her days in the confines of her cell in Sabarmati Central Jail where she is registered as prisoner number 14261.
    On Friday, Kodnani woke up early in the morning and had her breakfast and prayed to God before leaving for the court. Sources told MirrorthatKodnanididnothaveher lunch and went along with other inmates to the special court on Ashram Roadandawaitedthesentence.Kodnani, Bajrangi and other convicts will be given white uniforms on Saturday.
    While Kodnani is lodged in After Asan women's barrack, Bajrangi and other male prisoners are lodged in After Asan men's barrack located nearjailhospital.Bajrangiisprisoner number 14253, said highly placed sourcesinthejail.NowthatKodnani has been convicted, she will have to change to a white uniform (either a saree or salwar kameez) on Saturday, sources said.
    As per the jail manual, like other convicts,shewillhavetowakeupat6 am and freshen up before getting her tea and breakfast, which is served at 6.15 am. For breakfast she will be served 30 gm jaggery and 20 gm grams or 20 gm groundnuts. At 9 am she will have to collect her lunch which is usually one subji, chapatis, dal,riceand20gmsalad.Afterlunch, she will have to go back to her cell whichwillbeunlockedat3pmwhen inmates are served tea.
    In the jail, 4 pm is the dinner time forconvicts.Theyareservedonesubji, chapatis and khichdi. Kodnani will again be locked up at 6 pm. Her cell has a TV set too. She will be allowed to watch Doordarshan and other religious channels till 10 pm. It is the jail authorities who decide what channel the prisoners can watch.