Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, October 4
The prisons in Telangana got some relief after the government decided to release 141 prisoners across the state following remission granted to them by the state government on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
The remission was originally decided to coincide with Independence Day on August 15, but framing of the guidelines for the same delayed the release. The authorities finally decided to issue the orders to coincide with Gandhi Jayanti.
Only those prisoners qualify for remission that have a good conduct and are not held for serious offences like crimes against women and children, organised crime, murders, dacoities, narcotics and terrorism.
Most of the convicts who have been granted remission had completed more than 50 per cent of the sentence.
Announcing the release of these convicts, the government said 39 convicts were released from Warangal Central Prison, which was earlier amidst a coronavirus pandemic, followed by 19 from Cherlapally Central Prison and 14 from Chanchalguda Central Prison.
Further 26 convicts were released from Cherlapally Open Air Jail and 20 from Chanchalguda Women Prison.
Recently many convicts and under trials lodged in various jails across the state have been tested positive for COVID-19. Some prisoners who were taken to hospitals for treatment at Hyderabad also reportedly escaped, following which security for prisoners had been tightened.
An official statement said orders were also issued for release of convicts from Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Sangareddy, Nalgonda and Adilabad district jails and Miryalaguda sub-jail.
However, in view of the model code of conduct in force for by-elections to one assembly and one council seat, the release of convicts in four districts was put on hold.
All the convicts who have been let off need to execute a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and are also required to appear before the nearest police station once in three months till the completion of their commuted sentence period. There is a strict warning that says if these people are found to be indulging in an illegal activity their remission will be revoked.
The Warangal Central Jail, Superintendent Murali Babu administered an oath to the released convicts before the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi that they will not commit crimes again.