Lucknow. More than 10,000 undertrials and convicts have been granted interim bail or parole in jails of Uttar Pradesh to reduce congestion from overcrowded jails in view of the second wave of Kovid. This has been done in compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court.
According to the Jail Department spokesperson, about 8,463 undertrials have been released on bail, while 1,660 convicts have been given six weeks of parole. Out of a total of 10,123 prisoners released from 71 central and state jails, a maximum of 704 undertrials have been released from Ghaziabad District Jail, 445 in Aligarh, 398 in Lucknow and 397 in Gautam Budh Nagar on interim bail. More than one lakh prisoners are lodged in jails across the state. The department came up with 54 temporary prisons, where suspects arrested in new cases are released for 14 days before being taken to permanent jails.
The department said that more than 24,000 prisoners aged over 45 years have been vaccinated. Earlier, Acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Justice Sanjay Yadav, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avnish Kumar Awasthi and Director General of State (Prisons) A high-powered committee of Anand Kumar sought a list of eligible prisoners in compliance with the Supreme Court’s directive. A similar exercise was carried out last year during the first Kovid 19 wave when 11,000 prisoners were granted parole. Many prisoners escaped due to parole after which an attempt was made to locate them and bring them back.
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