MANGALDAI, Aug 25 - The Mangaldai District Jail has been in the limelight for quite some time for a unique literary achievement by its undertrial prisoners. This week, three convicts secured ranks among the top 10 of the State in the final results of the Bachelor Preparatory Programme under KK Handiqui State Open University (KKHSOU).
Among them, life convict Arupjyoti Deka secured the first position with an aggregate of 80.33 per cent and letter marks in English, Economics, Political Science and Sociology.
Two of his jail mates, Dhrubajyoti Hazarika and Ilias Purti, secured the sixth and tenth positions, respectively.
Dhrubajyoti scored 73 per cent, while Ilias was slightly behind with 71 per cent. All three appeared from the Study Centre of KKHSOU set up in the jail with support from Brilliant Academy Junior College.
Apart from these three rank holders, four other inmates who appeared in the exam came out successful.
The news has delighted the inmates, the authorities and socio-cultural organisations. Madhab Sarma, Principal, DIET, Darrang; office bearers of the Mangaldai Media Circle including adviser Bhargab Kumar Das, vice president Hemanta Kumar Barua and assistant secretary Ganesh Dutta visited the jail and greeted the rank holders with a gamosa and a book in the presence of Mangaldai Superintendent and Election Officer Antara Gogoi, Jailor Munindra Nath Sarma and jail staff.
Bipul Das of KKHSOU said 3,073 candidates appeared in the exam from 174 study centres in the State, out of which 1,717 candidates came out successful with an aggregate pass percentage of 57.
Inspector General of Prisons Ranjan Sarma also congratulated the successful candidates over phone and has promised to meet them within a short time.