IG (Prisons) M Kharkrang during a briefing on Wednesday

Shillong: The Inspector General of (Prisons), M Kharkrang on Wednesday informed that since the start of COVID-19 pandemic they have released 1,176 prisoners in Meghalaya.

Speaking to media persons, Kharkrang said that proper scrutiny is done before the release.

“We have released 11 convicts and 7 others on remission till date,” informed Kharkrang. A total of 1,158 under-trial prisoners were also released in Meghalaya.

“We don’t release prisoners who are involved in serious crimes like – rape, POCSO and murder cases. We are looking only at reviewing cases that carry lighter sentences,” says Kharkrang

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The release followed an order by the Supreme Court in March which directed each state government to constitute a high power committee. This body was tasked with identifying the class of convicts or undertrials who could be released on parole or interim bail to decongest jails during the pandemic.

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