Hundreds of prisoners in Bihar jail pledge to donate eyes

March 2nd, 2009 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Patna, March 2 (IANS) Hundreds of prisoners in a Bihar jail, including Maoists, gangsters and even a jailed politician, have pledged to donate their eyes after death, an official said Monday.
“More than 400 of nearly 3,000 prisoners in the Beur Central Jail in Patna have voluntarily pledged to donate their eyes,” said Kanti Mohan, the medical officer of the jail.

Official sources said Maoists like Ajay Kanu, the brain behind the infamous Jehanabad jail break in November 2005, along with dozen other cadres, gangsters Bindu Singh, Shiv Gope, Sultan Miyan and former legislator Rajan Tiwari have given their written consent to donate eyes.

“Prisoners are also human-beings, with heart and emotions. They were motivated to make a difference to others by donating their eyes,” Mohan told IANS over phone.

It took Mohan many days to convince and encourage prisoners to make the pledge.

“It was not an easy task. I worked hard for it and now the prisoners have responded,” he said.

Jail Superintendent Omprakash Gupta said the prisoners would set a positive example and it would change their bad image in the society.

“It will inspire inmates of other jails in the state to donate their eyes or other organs,” Gupta said.

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