Rising Covid-19 Cases in Jails Force Assam Govt to Consider Releasing 376 Inmates
GUWAHATI: The government of Assam will release 376 inmates from various state prisons to decongest the jails after 535 prisoners tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease.
Of all the prisoners to be released, 111 are from the Central Jail in Guwahati while the remaining are from Karimganj, North Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Diphu, and Udalguri.
Authorities have been releasing prisoners at regular intervals according to the direction of the Supreme Court.
So far, a total of 6,801 prisoners have already been released from across the state which includes 6,671 under-trials released on bails and personal bonds.
In addition, a 200-bed COVID Care Center has been set up inside Guwahati Central Jail to treat asymptomatic prisoners and another facility of this kind is being set up at the Nagaon Special Jail.