Mamata announces release of 51 lifers on Human Rights Day

"Today's decision to free 51 prisoners was in addition to the release of 83 lifers already announced by the state government," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters here.

These 51 prisoners had served jail sentence for a period between 15 to 25 years, she said.

Stating that 55 political prisoners have so far been released by the Trinamool Congress government which came to power in May, 2011, the chief minister said "we kept our word as per our election pledge."

She said the government had taken a decision not to oppose the bail petition of ailing and aged Maoist leader Sushil Roy, facing chargesheets in four cases, following a mass petition by social activist Mahasweta Devi.

"Considering his age, we wish he keeps well. Our government will not oppose his bail. It is upto the court to take the decision."

One of the prisoners announced to be freed by the state government was Utthan Kumar Pal, a SUCI activist, an electoral ally of TMC.

  

image
Business Standard
177 22
Business Standard

Mamata announces release of 51 lifers on Human Rights Day

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 



"Today's decision to free 51 prisoners was in addition to the release of 83 lifers already announced by the state government," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters here.

These 51 prisoners had served jail sentence for a period between 15 to 25 years, she said.

Stating that 55 political prisoners have so far been released by the Trinamool Congress government which came to power in May, 2011, the chief minister said "we kept our word as per our election pledge."

She said the government had taken a decision not to oppose the bail petition of ailing and aged Maoist leader Sushil Roy, facing chargesheets in four cases, following a mass petition by social activist Mahasweta Devi.

"Considering his age, we wish he keeps well. Our government will not oppose his bail. It is upto the court to take the decision."

One of the prisoners announced to be freed by the state government was Utthan Kumar Pal, a SUCI activist, an electoral ally of TMC.

  

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Mamata announces release of 51 lifers on Human Rights Day

To mark the Human Rights Day today, the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal today announced the release of 51 lifers, including political prisoners, and decided not to oppose the bail of ailing CPI (Maoist) politburo member Sushil Roy following a mass petition.

"Today's decision to free 51 prisoners was in addition to the release of 83 lifers already announced by the state government," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters here.

These 51 prisoners had served jail sentence for a period between 15 to 25 years, she said.

Stating that 55 political prisoners have so far been released by the Trinamool Congress government which came to power in May, 2011, the chief minister said "we kept our word as per our election pledge."

She said the government had taken a decision not to oppose the bail petition of ailing and aged Maoist leader Sushil Roy, facing chargesheets in four cases, following a mass petition by social activist Mahasweta Devi.

"Considering his age, we wish he keeps well. Our government will not oppose his bail. It is upto the court to take the decision."

One of the prisoners announced to be freed by the state government was Utthan Kumar Pal, a SUCI activist, an electoral ally of TMC.

  
image
Business Standard
177 22

More News

  • Sun TV profit up by 16% in Q4 Ad revenue growth in FY17 key trigger for Sun TV
  • People queuing for Jio sim card outside Reliance Digital Express store in Lucknow People throng stores for Reliance Jio's free 4G test SIM
Widgets Magazine
Widgets Magazine

Upgrade To Premium Services

Welcome User

Business Standard is happy to inform you of the launch of "Business Standard Premium Services"

As a premium subscriber you get an across device unfettered access to a range of services which include:

  • Access Exclusive content - articles, features & opinion pieces
  • Weekly Industry/Genre specific newsletters - Choose multiple industries/genres
  • Access to 17 plus years of content archives
  • Set Stock price alerts for your portfolio and watch list and get them delivered to your e-mail box
  • End of day news alerts on 5 companies (via email)
  • NEW: Get seamless access to WSJ.com at a great price. No additional sign-up required.
 

Premium Services

In Partnership with

 

Dear Guest,

 

Welcome to the premium services of Business Standard brought to you courtesy FIS.
Kindly visit the Manage my subscription page to discover the benefits of this programme.

Enjoy Reading!
Team Business Standard