4,204 prisoners released on bail, 41 on parole after COVID outbreak in J&K
   Date :29-Mar-2021

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OVER 4,200 prisoners were released on bail and 41 on parole since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March last year, Director General of Police (DGP), Prisons, V K Singh has said. He said there is only one COVID-positive patient among the prisoners, who is being treated at a hospital in Kathua district.
“Since March last year, 4,204 inmates were released on bail and 41 on parole, in pursuance of decisions taken by the high-powered committee (constituted on the Supreme Court’s directions to decongest jails to ensure social distancing among prisoners),” Singh said. Speaking at a cultural programme organised at the Amphalla District Jail here on Saturday, he said a total of 542 inmates across various jails were infected with the coronavirus, but all of them recovered, except two elderly prisoners who succumbed due to co-morbidities.