B.D. Sharma, the inspector general of West Bengal prisons, told the AFP about the incident:
"They are free to watch the national channels run by the state-run network, but we can't allow inmates to watch private channels for security reasons. We have to go by the rules."
Personally, I think murderers, thieves, rapists and the like should receive individual subscriptions to pay TV, and what's more, be offered the full range of channels on offer. Further still, the right to watch the IPL wherever you are should be drafted into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You're already providing a plush lifestyle for some of these prisoners, so why stop there?
Because prisoners deserve to have their every demand met, including this one.