Assam government to remit sentences of 18 prisoners in 75th year of independence

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The government has also decided to remit the sentences of 12 prisoners who have completed two-thirds of their total sentence in this category.
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Assam government to remit sentences of 18 prisoners in 75th year of independence
Assam government to remit sentences of 18 prisoners in 75th year of independence

Guwahati: The Assam government decided on Wednesday to remit sentences of 18 prisoners under certain categories on August 15.

Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs has urged all state governments to give special remission to certain categories of prisoners and release them on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the country celebrated as the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

According to officials, one such category includes female and transgender prisoners over the age of 50 years and male prisoners over the age of 60 who have served half of their whole term are eligible for release.

As per the official, in this group, five men will be released in the state.

Convicted individuals who have served half of their total sentence period and who are physically disabled or challenged with a disability of 70 percent or more, as well as those who are terminally ill, will also be released, official stated.

Meanwhile, convicted prisoners who have served two-thirds of their total sentence period will also have their sentences remitted, official added.

The government has also decided to remit the sentences of 12 prisoners who have completed two-thirds of their total sentence in this category.

The convictions of those who committed crimes when they were young, between the ages of 18 and 21, who have served half of their prison terms and have no previous criminal convictions or charges against them will also be remitted. One person will be released in this category, official stated.

Another group will also have their fines waived, impoverished inmates who have served their entire sentence but are still incarcerated as a result of unpaid penalties.

However, none was found suitable for it in the state.

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