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Bribed prison staff: BJP leader’s ex-OSD 

Ferozepur: Arvinder Singh Chhina alias Pothi, former OSD to former BJP chief Kamal Sharma, today accused the district jail officials of unethical practices, nepotism and corruption. In 2015, Chhina had been arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe to facilitate the release of a drug peddler. Subsequently, he was lodged in the Central Jail here. He is currently out on bail.

Chhina said he had bribed jail officials to shift him to a better cell. He named two senior jail officials who took the bribe. “Initially, I resisted and complained about it to the Jail Superintendent. Later, I realised that it was a nexus and I had to fall in line or else, they would make my stay in jail miserable,” said Chhina.

Chhina accused the Akalis of patronising corrupt officials. He said drugs were easily available in jails. Prisoners are subjected to ill-treatment and are not even given healthcare. But those who can afford to grease the palms of jail officials are allowed to go out on “health grounds”, he alleged.

Some have died due to lack of proper treatment, and later, these were projected as natural deaths, he added.

“Prior to the visits of VIPs/officials, all prohibited articles are collected. The prisoners who have grievances are not allowed to meet the dignitaries,” he alleged.

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