Prisoners in Bihar donate Rs 50,000 for the families of martyrs, also offers to fight for the nation in case of war

The prisoners and staff of Bihar’s Gopalganj sub-divisional jail have come forward to donate an amount of Rs 50,000 to the families of those CRPF jawans who made supreme sacrifice on the line of duty during Pulwama terror attacks.

The prisoners have also sent a letter to the Prime Minister, voicing their wish to fight for the country, if a war is wedged against Pakistan. “If we die fighting, we would consider ourselves fortunate to be called a martyr, and if we survive, we would return to this walled campus without giving any trouble to the authorities,” the letter, seen by the Hindustan Times, said.

Jail authorities said the prisoners were closely watching the developments after the Pulwama attack and wanted to contribute in whatever form they could to support the soldiers’ bereaved families in this hour of grief.

Jail superintendent Sandeep Kumar, however, said there is no provision under the law that allows prisoners to work outside the jail campus. He, however, said the prisoners have shown a reform in their attitude and approach towards a meaningful life and that is the sole purpose of the government’s rehabilitation programs in the jail.

“The amount may be small but the prisoners’ gesture is extremely laudable,” jail superintendent Sandeep Kumar said.