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Apr 20, 2009 at 04:53pm IST

Kolkata prisoners on hunger strike to watch IPL

Kolkata: Hundreds of prisoners in a jail in Kolkata went on a hunger strike after authorities refused to allow inmates to watch Indian Premier League (IPL) on cable television, officials said on Monday.

About 500 prisoners had requested cable television to watch the IPL, a Twenty20 cricket tournament being played in South Africa at the weekend.

The IPL was moved out of India amid security worries as the schedule clashed with the country's month-long election process, which began last week.

PRISON PITCH: Inmates of Kolkata prison want cable TV to watch IPL tournament.

"We cannot allow cable television inside the jail compound," B.D. Sharma, a senior police officer, told Reuters in Kolkata. Sharma said prisoners were only allowed to watch state-run television and read magazines and newspapers.