inmates of Madhya Pradesh jails in view of the coronavirus
outbreak has been extended by 60 days and they are now
expected to be back in their cells only by November-end, a
senior official said on Friday.
Parole was granted after the Supreme Court in March
asked states to take steps to decongest jails so as to contain
the spread of COVID-19 in these facilities.
The state has some 43,000 inmates in 125 jails, of
which 3900-odd were given parole and 3000 were granted interim
Parole was granted to 3900-odd inmates for sixty days
which has now been extended by another 60 days, the fourth
time in all, through a notification issued on Thursday by the
state government, Deputy Deputy Inspector General of Prisons
Sanjay Pandey told PTI.
"They will return to 125 jails across the state in
November-end. Another 3,000-odd prisoners have been released
on interim bail," the DIG informed.
Another prison official said some 1,000 inmates had
tested positive for novel coronavirus in the state, and the
number of active cases stood at 140, while none had died from
the infection so far.
However, a district jail official succumbed to COVID-
19, the official added. PTI LAL MAS