Rupnagar, Oct 20 (UNI) As many as 105 prisoners of various jails of Punjab were released from the Rupnagar jail as per the decision of the government to remit their sentences on the occasion of Guru Granth Sahib Gurta Gaddi tercentenary.
The prisoners were released in the presence of Punjab Minister for Jails Hira Singh Gabria and DGP (prisons) Mohammad Azhar Alam during a religious function held in the Rupnagar Jail today.
The authorities had shortlisted 155 prisoners for remittance of the sentence of three months to one year. They were to be released today.
However, due to failure of the 50 of them to deposite the fine imposed on them by the court, 105 prisoners could be released. They are likely to be released after depositing the fine.
Mr Gabria, who also inaugurated the upgraded district jail today, said at the function that the government had chalked out a comprehensive plan for the construction of new jails and modernisation of the existing jails in the state.
In his welcome address AIG (Prisons) Roop Kumar said that several steps were being taken for ensuring effective jail reforms in the state adding that there was a proposal to replace the existing outdated Prison Act 1894 with Punjab Prisons and Correctional homes Act and the draft of the same had been sent to the state government for its consideration.
Besides, the capacity of jails was also being increased to deal with the problem of the overcrowding in the jails. There was also proposal to install jammers to prevent the use of mobile phones in the jails.
Moreover, various jails including District Jail of Sangrur, Hoshiarpur,Rupnagar and sub jail Barnala would be provided facility of video conferencing to link them with the courts, he said.
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