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LUCKNOW: A murder convict who spent 11 years in jail wrote nine books and has won several awards. He has now been honoured by the UP governor for his literary works.
The convict Raj Kumar was sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to jail in 2000 for his involvement in the murder of a “gram pradhan” (village head). He spent three years in Agra jail and eight in Bulandshahr jail. Since his early release on grounds of good behavior, Raj Kumar has been campaigning for the release of old and sick convicts lodged in various jails.
“It’s a blessing to breathe in freedom. I will keep fighting for the release of old and chronically sick patients from jails till my last breath,” he says. Raj Kumar is trying to meet UP CM Akhilesh Yadav to convince him on this count.
Interestingly, Raj Kumar grabbed headlines in 2005 when he tied the knot inside the Bulandshahr jail with the daughter of one of the inmates. Apart from writing books, Raj Kumar also held classes for the detenus interested in pursuing their studies.
The convict has written books on a variety of subjects including “real freedom”, corruption and how to achieve targets in life.
“I was inspired by legends like Swami Vivekananda,” says Raj Kumar when asked how he started his literary pursuit. “The atmosphere inside the jail was peaceful, and the jail authorities were very helpful, providing me pens, books and stationery that I needed,” he says.