There are as many as 202 parole jumpers in Haryana who are convicted for various crimes and in the last over two months period, the state police could only re-arrest five such convicts who failed to surrender back to respective jails after end of their parole.
The information was submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday during the resumed hearing of a case. On this, the court ordered not only the Haryana but also the Punjab home secretaries to file affidavits before April 29 regarding steps taken by them for re-arresting the parole-jumpers.
When the Punjab government failed to specify the exact number of parole jumpers in its reply, the court observed that situation of murder-convicted parole jumpers in Punjab is worse than that in Haryana.
The petitioner had challenged the premature release policies of life convicts by the Punjab as well as Haryana governments. It was alleged that the policies did not incorporate appropriate guidelines and that such life convicts were being released just on completion of the minimum sentence of 10 years envisaged under those policies.
The petitioner had also alleged that police departments of both the states were not taking interest in re-arresting parole jumpers.