News reports aired by a section of the media about the health and special facilities being given to Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh as misleading -Singh..
Panchkula, Sept 19–Dr K P Singh, Director General, Jails, Haryana, has described the news reports aired by a section of the media about the health and special facilities being given to Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh as misleading and divorced from truth.
Interacting with media persons at Panchkula today, Dr Singh said Gurmeet Singh was being kept as a common prisoner, and his health was fine. In response to a question, he said jail rules allowed two persons having blood relation to talk to a prisoner over the phone. The prisoner is allowed to talk after police verification of the phone numbers.
Gurmeet Singh gave two phone numbers, one of which belongs to Honeypreet, while the other is his own. Honeypreet’s number is not reachable and Gurmeet Singh might have left his phone in the Dera. Since these numbers have not been verified so far, Gurmeet Singh has not taken advantage of the convenience of any phone call.
He said only a few prisoners were allowed to go to the barrack of Gurmeet Singh due to security reasons. His safety is being taken care of on the basis of reports of police, intelligence and other security agencies. Jail management is not letting every prisoner go to Gurmeet’s barrack.
In response to a question, Dr Singh said the prisoners who were giving interview to the media after coming out of jail did not have access to the barrack of Gurmeet Singh.
“Videography of all those who come to meet the prisoners is being done”, he added.
The news about Gurmeet crying while keeping his head in his mother’s lap who came to jail to see him, was also misleading as a glass and a net separates a visitor from the prisoner, he added.
Describing reports regarding Gurmeet Singh’s health and food appearing in the media for the past 25 days as completely concocted, he said he was living like a normal prisoner.
Answering a query about the work allocated to Gurmeet Singh in the jail, Dr Singh said keeping in view the security scenario, the jail administration had decided to entrust farming to him. There is an empty place close to his barrack where he has been given the task of planting vegetables and he is preparing for the task. He will plant vegetables in the first week of October.
In front of the barrack, there are some trees which have been given to him for harvesting. He will earn a daily wage of Rs 20, the Director General added.