Maharashtra: 35-year-old murder convict earns Rs 3 lakh by selling paintings

This 35-year-old inmate can probably inspire other inmates through his work. 35-year-old Sudeep Pal, a fine arts graduate, has till now earned Rs 3 lakh which he sends to his family in West Bengal.

According to Hindustan Times, Sudeep Pal who is lodged in an open jail in Maharashtra in connection with a kidnapping and murder of a minor in 2009, has sent Rs 3 lakh to his aged parents in West Bengal since 2010. Pal, who is lodged in the prison at Morshi in Amravati district, earns through sales of his paintings. Pal who was born on August 16, 1983, hails from Durgapur in West Bengal. He completed his Class 12 from Durgapur and took admission for a fine arts course in Chandigarh.

Pal later studied still photography and videography in Shimla and came to Mumbai to pursue his dream. He stayed as a paying guest in Chembur. The police later booked him in a kidnapping and murder of a minor there. Initially, as an undertrial, he was lodged at Thane. But after the trial court convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment in 2009, he was sent to Nashik central prison for serving a life term. Swathi Sathe, who was the then superintendent at the central jail, told the leading daily, “I was happy when he approached me for a good cause. Though he was convicted, our aim was to keep the artist in him alive and help him pursue his dream. In Pal’s case, we can proudly say that the purpose of jails to reform and rehabilitate convicts is fulfilled.”

On December 18, 2010, a first exhibition was organised for Pal’s paintings. And a year ago Pal was was moved to Morshi open jail in Amravati for his good conduct.

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