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    350 Detainees Released on Bail from Assam Detention Centres

    Parliament was informed that some 15 detainees lodged in different detention centres in Assam have died due to illness during the last two years

    GUWAHATI: At least 350 detainees lodged in different detention centres in Assam were released on bail this year, Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

    The Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai informed the House that the Supreme Court in April had directed that the detainees who have been under detention for two years should be allowed to go on bail subject to fulfillment of stipulated conditions including the furnishing of a bond of Rs 5000 with two sureties of the like sum for Indian citizens.

    The Supreme Court direction came in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Rai said that in compliance with the Supreme Court order, some 350 detainees lodged in different detention centres in Assam have been released on bail.

    He also said that some 15 detainees lodged in different detention centres in Assam have died due to illness during the last two years till September 16. They were undergoing treatment in various hospitals of the state, he said in a written reply to a question, he said.

    Around 425 people are lodged in six detention centres as on July 31 this year.

    A total of 86,756 people have been declared foreigners in the last five years in Assam, while some 83,008 cases of doubtful voters were pending in foreigners tribunals in the state, the Centre earlier informed the Lok Sabha.

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