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COVID-19: 60 prisoners released from Akola jail

Press Trust of India  |  Akola 

As many as 60 prisoners were

released on bail from Akola district jail, in accordance with the Supreme Court's order to reduce crowding in prisons during the coronavirus outbreak, an official said on Tuesday.

At least 60 prisoners, who were serving sentences of upto seven years, were released following a health check-up on Monday, Akola jail superintendent A S Sadaphule said.

This was done in accordance with the Supreme Court's directive to reduce crowding in prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

The jail administration has taken various measures to protect detainees from the pandemic, the official said.

Prisoners were given masks, visits from family were suspended and court proceedings were held over video- conferencing, he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Tue, March 31 2020. 16:14 IST
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