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The Trouble with Jail Biryani

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Two jailors in India have lost their jobs for serving biryani in their jails. In Hyderabad’s Chanchalaguda prison, Jailor Keshav Naidu arranged fresh fruits, biryani, bakery items and chocolates for the jailed mining baron and former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy. Naidu also appointed a personal cook, attendant and computer assistant among inmates to help Reddy. A masseur too was allegedly arranged. A few months ago, he had even hosted a ‘dinner’ at his official residence to celebrate Reddy’s 46th birthday. Spicy Hyderabadi biryani was served to all other inmates at that time too. In Mangalore, another jailor found himself in trouble over biryani. Although a treat of chicken curry and ghee rice had been arranged on Eid-ul-Fitr, clashes ensued because a group of inmates suspected that it was paid for by Dawood Ibrahim’s henchman Rashid Malbari, also an inmate. When they refused to eat it, as a compromise, chicken biryani was ordered by the jailor. This angered Malbari’s supporters who beat up the jailor and another fight erupted on the premises. It led to the jailor, K Puttachari, being suspended.