Home minister RR Patil has revealed that 23,666 undertrials, who were released on bail or parole are absconding in the state over the past two decades. Of these, 14,754 are from Mumbai itself. The state government now plans to review such cases within a month and try to re-arrest those who are absconding.
Patil was replying to a discussion initiated by Shiv Sena legislator Neelam Gorhe in the state legislative council on Monday. Gorhe had asked the government what measures are being taken to nab those undertrials, who were released on bail and parole, but are now leading a free life after giving the law a slip.
“Over the past 20 years, the number of undertrials, who were released on bail or parole in the state and absconding is 23,666. But we have tried to arrest them again. We have arrested 235 of them till date and will try to re-arrest others as well,” Patil told the legislative council.
The state, however, does not know if this is the exact figure since many undertrials have been absconding for years now, and the state has not maintained a record, he said.
“We are in the process of preparing a database of all such absconding undertrials and then classifying them on various accounts, which should be ready soon. But my guess is that about 15% to 20% of them might not be alive anymore,” Patil said.
Patil said that the state has decided to give special concession to those convicts, who have been languishing in jails for petty crimes for several years now, and expedite their release by reducing their term of punishment.
“As Maharashtra is celebrating its golden year, we will review their cases and try to reduce term of their punishment. Many convicts have been behind bars for over 10 years for small crimes,” Patil said.