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Jail inmates turn sportsmen, 18 taking part in Prison Olympics

Jail inmates turn sportsmen, 18 taking part in Prison Olympics


Tribune News Service

Nikhil Bhardwaj

Ludhiana, March 4

Inculcating a sense of sportsmanship in jail inmates with a clear motive to make them good human beings, the Central Jail, Ludhiana, has sent 18 jail inmates for taking part in the Prison Olympics-2024.

Interestingly, these inmates-turned-sportsmen are convicts in murder, rape and other heinous cases and the Punjab Jail Department has taken the initiative to make them a part of the mainstream whenever they will come out of jail after completing their imprisonments.

Shivraj Singh Nandgarh, superintendent, Central Jail, said 18 inmates were chosen after judging their skills in various sports disciplines and the Jail Department hopes that the inmates would win the Olympics.

Kanwar Surteg Singh, deputy superintendent at the Central Jail, said inmates chosen for the Olympics were well trained as they were given training in respective sports disciplines in which they were taking part. Sports in which inmates are taking part are volleyball, tug of war, badminton, kabaddi, 100m race, 400m race, 60m race, etc. Initially, zonal competitions of the Ludhiana jail inmates were being held from March 4 to March 10 at the Kapurthala jail and afterwards, winners of these games would be sent to the Central Jail, Patiala, where finals would take place on March 30 and March 31.

“Inmates lodged in the Central Jail showed keen interest in the Olympics and after analysing their skills in sports, they were chosen on a merit basis. Of the 18, a few inmates had also taken part in the Prison Olympics -2021 but a majority of the new inmates have been chosen. Other inmates had also wished good luck to the chosen ones while they were leaving to take part in the games,” he said.

Meanwhile, jail officials said selected inmates were given special training inside the jail and some of the elderly inmates having knowledge of different sports disciplines had also given training to the participants. Even lecture of experts were also organised for honing skills of the inmates in sports.

Star players

Shishu Pal, a convict in a rape case facing 10 years imprisonment, is a well-trained player of the Central Jail in tug of war and badminton.

Hardeep facing 20 years’ imprisonment in a murder case is trained in 100m and 400m races.

Amaninder Singh facing 20 years’ jail in a murder case is the captain of the kabaddi team of the Central Jail.

Hardeep Singh, alias Bachi, plays like a pro in long jump and 400m events.

Participants

Amaninder Singh, Pardeep Singh, Vijay Pal Singh, Vicky, Sandeep Singh, alias Rimpa, Manpreet Singh, alias Babbu, Sachin Bhati, Shishu Pal, alias Pankaj, Suraj Pratap Singh, Hardeep Singh, alias Raju, Prableen Singh, alias Prabh Malra, Hardeep Singh, alias Deepak, Gagandeep, alias Amritpal Singh, Gurnam Singh, alias Gama, Rajinder Singh, alias Kaka Champa, Dalbir Singh, alias Kaka, Hardip Singh, alias Bachi, and Sukhvir Singh are taking part in the Prison Olympics.

Are convicts in heinous cases

The inmates-turned-sportsmen are convicts in murder, rape and other heinous cases and the Punjab Jail Department has taken the initiative to make them a part of the mainstream.

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