CALCUTTA, India: Prisoners in Calcutta's main prison Eden Garden went on a long food-water strike in an effort to force authorities to allow them to watch cricket on TV. Nearly 50,000 of the jail's 100,000 prisoners skipped lunch and dinner Sunday, demanding to see Indian Premier League matches live on the giant LCD screen.
The prisoners' demand was turned down because "the rules of the Eden Prison do not allow them to watch Cheer Leader during the game. The authority conceded that had it been on the national TV, they would have let them watch the game. But since its being broadcast on cable, and because they are serving punishment, they should be deprived of watch blonde and sexy cheer leader according to the state general of West Bengal state's correctional services.
The state general stated informed that they can hear radio and read newspapers, but cannot view private channels. However, when the spoof reporter contacted one of most dreaded prisoner, he informed that he can do what ever he want, even he can call his crime-partner from cell phone, watch Hollywood movies and if he feels like, he can even invite dancer to his cell. When question was put to the authorities, they declined.
The event cannot be hosted in India due to security concern over election. Though South Africa is having their own national election, the government in India declined to host the event. They sited that cricket are high-value target and as result, cannot provide full proof security during election time. So the organizer has to move the event to South Africa. Privately, the Indian Politician confesses that they did this to deprive those entire prisoner from watching game live.