15 convicts in case of riots in Gujarat can work in nursing homes, hospitals

INDORE: The Indore District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and have begun discussing ways to implement the Supreme Court order asking 15 convicts in a case of disturbances to submit to social service for six hours a week as bail condition.

The officers of both DLSA said it was the first time, when such activities have to be planned for a convict in the state. Indore district legal assistance officer Subhash Chaudhary said: We still have to receive orders from the state legal services authority. It will take about a week to complete the procedure.

A three-judge SC bank headed by the president of the Supreme Court of Justice, SA Bobde, on January 28 granted bail to 15 convicted for life in the case of Ode riots in 2002, but banned his entry into Gujarat

The bank, which also includes Judges BR Gavai and Surya Kant, divided the 15 convicts into two groups, including six to be transferred to Indore and nine to Jabalpur.

Choudhary said they would be sent to nursing homes or hospitals for social services. They can perform daily tasks such as cleaning the floor, washing the dishes, washing clothes in nursing homes and helping the patient in the hospital, Choudhary said while talking with TOI.

We are also in talks with different NGOs to help provide work for those six convicts so they can make a living according to the court order, Choudhary said.

The higher court asked the legal services authorities in Indore and Jabalpur to help convicts get jobs. The court thought it banned their entry into Gujarat, their relatives can meet them during the bail period, Choudahry said.

During the bail period, they have to attend a police station every week. After three months, a report on behavior reform, the attitude will be presented to the courts, added Choudhary.

The Jabalpur legal aid service official, Pradeep Thakur, said: We can use convicts according to their skills in various programs, such as using them in the program, providing job training to minors in reform homes of the Board of Justice Youth.

We can also use them in various activities, such as mass planting through NGOs working in the district. But, without a doubt, it can be resolved after we get details of convictions and order from the higher authorities, Thakur added as he spoke with TOI.

Those 15 men have been serving a life sentence in connection with the massacre in the city of Ode in the Anand district of Gujarat, where 23 people were burned alive since their conviction in 2012.