Saturday, May 26, 2012

7 prisoners pass Class XII exams with flying colours in Coimbatore

A life convict implicated in the serial bomb blasts that rocked the city during late nineties and six other life convicts found guilty in murder cases have managed to put their past behind them and pass the Plus Two examinations with flying colours.

Finally, the prisoners at the Coimbatore Central Prison had something to celebrate. Jail authorities distributed sweets among inmates, congratulating them for their hard work and encouraging others to take up higher education. Thirty-seven-year-old Syed Zafeer Ahmed used to be an activist of the banned outfit Al Umma, when the serial blasts took place. He was forced to discontinue his education when he was found guilty and awarded life term. He was thrilled when he received his results, scoring 918 marks out of 1200. In the Tamil paper he scored 174 out of 200 while he got 156 marks for English. Ahmed intends to get a degree in either history or Tamil under Tamil Nadu Open University.

Murder case convicts Nandagopal, Rajkumar, Nagarajan, Kalimuthu and Sasikumar too passed the exam, all of them scoring more than 70 per cent. Another convict Subhash who had failed the English paper last year, managed to pass this time around, scoring 123 marks.

Jail SP A Murugesan said when contacted that the prisoners had appeared for the examination in Puzhal Jail in Chennai as it was a very small group. They were escorted to Chennai and lodged at the Puzhal Prison till completion of the exam. They were all provided with free education. Thanks to a few generous NGOs and educated inmates, classes were conducted free of cost," he said.

Murugesan hopes that the success of the seven inmates who took the exam this year would encourage other inmates to pursue their education.

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