Tripura Government Announces Early Release of Eligible Prisoners to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Independence
In a significant move to commemorate Tripura’s 75th anniversary of independence as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav program, the state government has unveiled plans to grant early release to prisoners who have served at least two-thirds of their jail terms. The special remission, announced by Apurba Kumar Chakraborty, OSD to the Department of Prisons, will be granted to inmates who have demonstrated responsible behavior during their incarceration.
To facilitate this extraordinary remission of sentences, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a directive, aligning with the spirit of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The process of identifying eligible inmates is currently underway and is expected to be finalized by August 15. Although the exact number and specific locations of the eligible inmates across the state’s 14 correctional facilities have not been disclosed, the initiative aims to alleviate the overcrowding issue in the prisons.
Presently, Tripura’s correctional facilities house a total of 1,335 convicts, despite having the capacity to accommodate 2,365 inmates. Recognizing the need for enhanced rehabilitation options, efforts are being made to provide the best possible opportunities for detainees. Additionally, periodic health camps are being organized in district jails to address the prisoners’ well-being, as emphasized by Chakraborty.
Last year, Tripura witnessed the release of 15 life-sentenced inmates, including two women and a CRPF jawan from Agra. The release ceremony, held at Bishalgarh Kendriya Sansodhanagar, was attended by Ram Prasad Paul, the state minister for prisons, and senior jail authorities.