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Telangana: Former Maoist, who is serving life sentence for killing MP, caught the company of books, took third degree of masters while in jail

Hyderabad: PBV Ganesh. The age is around 54 years. As he took his third master’s degree at the 24th convocation of Dr BR Ambedkar Open University in Hyderabad on Saturday, the pages of his past began to open once again. There was a time when they had weapons in their hands, not pens. He was involved in guerrilla warfare and was caught and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a parliamentarian in Ongole. His journey from Maoism to this point has become an example for other prisoners.

On Saturday, PBV Ganesh was among 14 Cherlapally jail inmates who took their master’s degrees at the 24th convocation of Dr BR Ambedkar Open University in the city. Ganesh was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1995 for the murder of the then Ongole MP Magunta Subbarami Reddy. He was awarded an MSc degree in Psychology. While in prison, he earned a master’s degree in sociology and political science.

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Ganesh, who attended the convocation ceremony along with his wife, said, “I just want to be with my family. If I am free this year, I will pursue a doctorate in political science or psychology. When Ganesh killed the MP, he was just 27 years old and a physics graduate.

Ganesh was not the only student to get his master’s degree from Cherlapally Jail. Joining him in the ceremony was 38-year-old Amer Mohammad Jamal, who is serving a life sentence. Jamal said that it is a proud day for my family. If my father was alive, he would have been very happy.

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He said, ‘I am from home educated. My father was a professor of Arabic at Osmania University. I completed my btech from mufkham jah college and worked in technical firms. My dream is to complete my PhD studies.

Ganesh and Jamal want to pursue their studies further with their degrees. Like him, 29-year-old D Santosh Kumar is also there. They are hoping after getting their degree that they will get a job after they are released from prison. He has been in jail since the age of 18 for murder.

Regarding this, Professor Bina Chintalpuri said that this is the first time that we have offered MSc (Psychology) to jail inmates in Telangana. In 2018 Director General of Prisons VK Singh established a fully operational psychology laboratory where experiments and research were conducted in the prison. Since then 26 students have graduated and a new batch has started.


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