The Hush Post|3:54 pm|one-minute-read|
A 52-year-old man from Chennai missed the jail food so much that he thought he should find a way to go back in.
For Gnanaprakasam, jail meant a roof over his head, three square meals a day and friends to hang out with. The man, who had been lodged in Puzhal jail for theft in March, was released on bail. However, the man felt ‘homesick’ for jail and decided to go back in.
With an aim towards achieving this end, Gnanaprakasam stole a bike, petrol from parked vehicles and deliberately flashed his face in front of CCTV cameras just so that he could be arrested again. According to the Times of India assistant commissioner of police P Asokan from Tambaram said that Gnanaprakasam decided to take the step since he was not very happy to be home as his family did not take care of him. According to Asokan, he Gnanaprakasam told them that unlike home, no one in jail called him lazy, plus he was missing his friends and jail food too.
Gnanaprakasam was released on bail, on June 29 after spending three months in jail for a case of theft in March.
The convict told police that life was not easy for him post-release as his wife and children were abusing him, according to a police officer.
Gnanaprakasam first stole a bike from Kailasapuram First Street in West Tambaram, making sure that a CCTV camera caught him in the act and started roaming the city. Whenever the bike ran out of fuel, he stole petrol from vehicles parked on the road indiscriminately. Finally, he was caught stealing petrol from a bike near Tambaram following which people handed him over to the police but he was too pleased.
During interrogation, the desperate thief said he had stolen not just petrol but also the bike, just to ensure he was back in jail.