A Republic Day programme in a jail in Karnataka became the subject of controversy earlier this week, after a video surfaced showing a performance by a woman dancer, with prisoners allegedly showering money over her.
The video shows a woman in a shimmering outfit dancing to popular Hindi film number Nagin, with prison officials looking on in the central jail at Vijayapura. However, DGP (Prisons) HN Sathyanarayana Rao claimed that no 'item dance' was performed at the prison, and that the dance programme featured 'patriotic songs,' Bangalore Mirror reported.
Jail superintendent PS Ambekar was quoted as saying by The Hindu that he was not aware of dancers entering the prison. He, however, said that he would check the CCTV footage.
If the video is genuine, it raises a question mark on how a woman dancer entered a male prison without the knowledge of the jail superintendent, as part of a programme held on the occasion of Republic Day.
It also not clear how cash was carried inside the jail.
The event was reportedly held before 38 convicts were released from the jail for good conduct.
The dance programme was held before a formal event in which a district-in-charge minister and other senior officials took part, according to a report in India Today.
Watch the video here: