Soon, govt to release another 4,000 inmates from state prisons - ECAS Punjab

Soon, govt to release another 4,000 inmates from state prisons

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Chandigarh, August 11

The state will soon release 3,500 to 4,000 prisoners in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases. Earlier, 9,500 jail inmates were released.

Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said the decision had been taken to bring down the number of prisoners to 50 per cent of the authorised capacity to maintain social distancing in jails.

The minister said on an average, around 3,000 inmates were getting lodged in jails every month. The present population in jails stood was around 17,500, 73 per cent of the total capacity.

In all, 449 prisoners and 77 prison officials had tested Covid positive till date. Most of the cases had been detected in the last few weeks, though the 2-levels of testing of all prisoners had started from mid-May, said the minister. — TNS



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