Anand Mohan on hunger strike in Bhagalpur jail

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Bhagalpur, Nov 7 (UNI) Former MP Anand Mohan, serving a death sentence in connection with the lynching of former Gopalganj district magistrate G Krishnaiah, is on hunger strike since Sunday after being shifted to Bhagalpur Central Jail from Patna.

He has been demanding better facilties.

The former lawmaker was awarded death sentence by the Patna district court on October 3. Along with Anand, former minister Akhlaque Ahmad and former MLA Arun Kumar were handed a similar sentence. Four others were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Official sources said here today that Anand had been kept in a special separate cell while the other death convicts lodged in other ward of Central jail. Irked with the jail administration's decision, Anand went on hunger strike from Sunday demanding better facilities and withdrawal of 'discriminatory' treatment to him. He also demanded that he be kept along with Akhlaque and Arun Kumar in the jail.

According to jail sources, Anand, being a death convict, would not be able to enjoy the delicacies offered to VIP prisoners as they often get behind the bars.

''Instead, Anand and other death convicts will be provided simple chapatis, vegetables and pulses,'' sources said adding they would have to perform daily chores under tight security and be able to meet visitors once a month.

UNI

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