AT 2.30 am on October 31, it would have been seven hours since the time Amzad Ramzan Khan, Zakir Hussain, Sheikh Mehboob, Mohammad Saliq, Mujeeb Sheikh, Akeel Khilji, Khalid Ahmed and Majeed Nagori had the jail’s special Diwali meal and were locked in, two each to a cell in the B-Block of Bhopal Central Jail.
Seven hours to the last head-count.
The best prison in Madhya Pradesh, with ISO certification for its cleanliness and space, has two such head-counts every day. Once when the prisoners — both the undertrials and the convicts, kept separately — are taken out of their cells or barracks in the morning and when they retire for the night. The average day for a prisoner in Bhopal Central Jail begins with sunrise and ends with sunset. The timings vary as per season.
Today in Janmanch we will discuss about the Bhopal jailbreak and encounter of SIMI activists.