Hunger Strike over Cricket Tournament

Call it love for sports or madness, hundreds of prisoners in an Indian prison went on a hunger strike after authorities refused to allow inmates to watch one cricket tournament on cable television. 

According to news sources, nearly 500 inmates in the Alipore Central jail, Kolkata, had requested cable television connection to watch the Indian Premier League (IPL), a Twenty20 cricket tournament being played in South Africa at the weekend. But the authorities denied to provide cable TV connection inside the prison compound and the inmates went on a hunger strike. In India, prisoners are allowed to watch state-run TV channel 'Doordarshan' only. 

The IPL is one of India's biggest cricket tournaments, which is played in Twenty20 format. Due to security reasons this year the tournament location was moved out of India, a country with millions of cricket fans.