KOHIMA, DECEMBER 30: A tough year across the globe, but good for some bad guys after authorities had to free thousands of prisoners languishing behind bars.
Nagaland Government has also released 62 prisoners so far as directed by the Supreme Court.
The apex Court in March directed States and Union Territories to constitute high-level committees to consider releasing prisoners and under-trials on parole or interim bail for offences entailing up to 7-years jail term to decongest prisons in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
State Government source here said as per directive from the High Powered Committee, Jail authorities have so far released 62 prisoners. The process of granting bail and parole started in the last week of March throughout the country.
The Kohima District Jail and Dimapur Central Jail are the most crowded jails in Nagaland.
Over 20,000 prisoners across the country have been released, but some will have to surrender before the authorities after the expiry of their interim bail and parole period.
Prisoners are vested with many human and fundamental rights. On March 28 this year, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance in a matter that was titled ‘Contagion of COVID’. The Supreme Court asked States and Union Territories on their plans to avoid COVID-19 spread in prisons.
At the time, most states showed their willingness to release certain categories of prisoners on bail and parole. The idea was to decongest the 1,401 prisons in the country, which, according to 2018 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, were packed with around 450,000 people, nearly 60,000 over the sanctioned capacity.
(Page News Service)