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Kulu back as Ghaghidih jail chief

Ghaghidih Central Jail in Jamshedpur will get a new superintendent on Thursday.

Olive Grace Kulu (35), who was posted at Palamau Central Jail till now, will replace Tushar Ranjan Gupta.

“Kulu will be the new superintendent of Ghaghidih Central Jail and I am going to report at the office of IG (prison) Vijay Kumar Singh,” Gupta told The Telegraph.

This will not be Kulu’s first stint at Ghaghidih. She was posted in the jail from 2006 to 2008 and was suspended by the state prison authorities following a clash in the jail compound that left two dead.

The clash was the result of a turf war between two groups of criminals.

The gangs owing allegiance to Paramjeet Singh and Akhilesh Singh battled inside the jail on March 20, 2008. While Paramjeet was shot dead, another convict belonging to the rival group was lynched.

At the time, Kulu was superintendent of Ghaghidih jail, though it did not have the central jail tag. It then housed over 800 inmates, mostly undertrials.

“Despite there being space enough for over 1,550 inmates, the jail was a mess. There was no check on smuggled goods, including firearms, mobile phones and liquor bottles,” said a senior official of the jail administration, blaming the clash on the ills.

After the incident, the state prison authorities conducted a probe and found that the administration had no control over the jail. Kulu was immediately suspended.

At present, the jail houses over 1,100 inmates.


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