New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid surge in cases of novel coronavirus in the country, Tihar Jail administration on Monday said that it will release around 3,000 inmates in three to four days. "Tihar Jail will release around 3,000 inmates in the next three to four days. Of these, 1,500 convicts will be released on parole and other 1,500 undertrial prisoners to be released on interim bail," the jail administration said.

"However, it will not include hardened or dangerous criminals, said Sandeep Goel, DG (Prisons).

The order says that the prisoners convicted or charged with offenses having jail term of up to seven years can be given parole.

On Monday, the Supreme Court had directed all states and Union Territories to set up a high-level committee to decide which class of prisoners would be released on parole for 4-6 weeks to prevent overcrowding in jail and thus prevent the coronavirus pandemic spread in prison.

The top court had also said prisoners charged with a jail term up to 7 years can be given parole.

A high-level committee will work in consultation with State legal service authority for release of inmates to avoid overcrowding in jail due to coronavirus pandemic, said a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde.

Meanwhile, the Tihar inmates have been stopped form meeting family members till March. The prisoners are regularly briefed about safety measures for their safety. They have been provided over 10,000 masks and 1,500 hand sanitisers to ensure a sanitised and hygienic environment for every prisoner.

Around 15,468 prisoners have been in 16 prisons in Tihar Jail -- one of the largest jail in south Asia.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 434, including nine deaths. A total of 35 patients have been cured and discharged.

(with agency inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal