The district police seem to have woken up from slumber to deal with the convicts, who have jumped parole, and registered cases against as many as four of them in the past three days. Two of them were arrested on Tuesday.
Interestingly, even first information reports (FIRs) in these cases were registered long time after the convicts jumped parole, which reflects the lax attitude of police authorities towards the issue.
Two convicts were booked by the police on July 18 under the Punjab good conduct of prisoners (temporary release) act. Surprisingly, a case against one of the convicts was registered after over two years of his having jumped parole while another was booked after about eight months of the parole period having expired.
Convict Paramjit Singh Pamma, a resident of Bhagta Bhaika, was granted parole on October 21, 2011 and he was supposed to be back in the central jail by November same year, which he didn't do. In February 2005, he was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by a court here.
Similarly, convict Balwant Singh, a resident of Siriewala village, who was undergoing 19-year imprisonment for drug trafficking, has been booked after eight months of the expiry of his parole period. In November 2013, he was granted parole, but has not returned to the jail so far. A case against both Pamma and Balwant was registered at Dialpura police station on July 18.
On July 21, the police booked two more convicts for jumping parole. Angrej Singh, a resident of Moga, undergoing 20-year imprisonment in a murder case, had come out of the jail on August 6, 2013 for four weeks, but has not returned to the jail. Now a case for jumping the parole has been registered against him at Nehianwala police station.
Also, convict Rishikesh Rai, a resident of Ghaziabad, in Uttar Pradesh, undergoing life imprisonment in a murder case, has been booked. He came out of jail on parole in January this year for four weeks but did not go back to the jail.
According to police records, there were as many as 12 parole jumpers in the district till Tuesday.
The arrested convicts are Gurchain Singh, a resident of Jhania village in Faridkot district, and Sadhu Ram from Sirsa.
Both are undergoing imprisonment under the NDPS act. Deputy superintendent, central jail, Manjit Singh, said that jail authorities do inform the office of the deputy commissioner as well as the police authorities at the time of grant of parole and if any convict jumps the parole.
Senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that the police always try to arrest the convicts, who jump the parole and cases are registered against them. However, there could be delay in some cases in registering FIRs due to some communication gap. He said the police were working in the direction of nabbing all the absconding convicts.