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Government grants Republic-Day remission to prisoners

The Himachal Pradesh government has granted remission of sentences to 579 convicts lodged in various jails in the state on the occasion of 65th Republic Day.

punjab Updated: Jan 25, 2014 22:45 IST
HT Correspondent

The Himachal Pradesh government has granted remission of sentences to 579 convicts lodged in various jails in the state on the occasion of 65th Republic Day.


Using its discretion, the state government granted remission of seven to 45 days, except to those prisoners convicted for crime against women including rape and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

Additional director general of police (ADGP) Sita Ram Mardi said the state government remitted the sentences of prisoners every year on Republic Day. “This year 579 prisoners of various jails were granted remission in their sentences by seven to 45 days,” he said.

Those convicted for life imprisonment and who have been convicted for more than 10 years were granted remission of 45 days, while those sentenced to imprisonment for more than five years and up to 10 years were given remission of one month.

Mardi said that those convicted for crime against women including rape and held under the NDPS Act or other serious crime would not be granted remission.

The prisoners sentenced to imprisonment for more than three years and up to five years would be granted remission of 21 days, while those sentenced to imprisonment for more than one year and up to three years would get remission of 15 days and the prisoners sentenced to imprisonment for more than three months and up to one year would be granted remission of seven days.

There are 14 jails across the state, including two model central jails at Kaithu and Nahan, two district jails at Chamba and Dharmshala, one open air jail at Bilaspur, one Brostal jail at Mandi and eight sub-jails - Mandi, Kullu, Bilaspur, Solan, Kaithu (Shimla), Una, Nurpur and Hamirpur.

With total capacity of 1,626, there were 872 convicted prisoners including 844 men and 28 women. While, there were 717 undertrial prisoners including 687 men and 30 women.