Following a directive from the Supreme Court in the wake of the COVID19 outbreak, the jail authorities across Assam have started releasing inmates from the jails.
A total of 105 prisoners have been released so far from various jails across Assam.
The Nalbari district jail authority on Sunday released 45 inmates.
The released jail inmates are from Nalbari, Baksa, and Kamrup (Rural) districts.
While 10 jail inmates hail from Nalbari district, 10 are from Rangia under Kamrup (Rural) and 20 ther inmates are residents of Baksa district.
According to reports, there are 369 undertrials and convicts lodged in Nalbari district jail which has a capacity for 155 prisoners.
The Golaghat district jail authority also released 16 inmates from the jail on Saturday and released 3 others on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Tezpur central jail authority also released 41 inmates from the jail.
The Supreme Court in an order on March 23 directed all the states and union territories to set up high-level panels to consider releasing all prisoners who have been jailed for up to seven years on parole to decongest jails as a preventive measure to contain the spread of COVID19.
It has been reported that worried over the COVID19 outbreak, the Assam government has asked the authorities of 31 jails across the state to discourage visitors to meet the jail inmates until the situation improves.
The state government has also reportedly instructed the district and central jail authorities to set up separate cells to accommodate the new inmates.
According to media reports, there are a total of 8,257 prisoners in 31 jails in Assam.
The state has a total of 6 central jails, 22 district jails, a sub-jail, an open jail, and a special jail.
There are also a total of 803 ‘declared foreigners’ lodged in 6 detention camps inside jails across Assam.