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Inmates may be released on parole from jails in Lucknow & other UP districts to curb COVID spread

The High-Powered Committee stated that undertrial convicts may be released on interim bails, based on case to case examination.

In a bid to decongest jails in Lucknow and other UP districts amid the second swell of the coronavirus infection, the state government has decided to consider the release of prisoners on 60-day parole. All jail inmates, except for convicts or those undergoing trials for serious offences, will be forthwith considered for a release according to a decision approved by the High Powered Committee (HPC). The agreement has been extended in compliance with the Supreme Court directives on similar lines.

COVID swell in crowded UP jails

Recently, the Chairman of the UP Bar Council, Rohitashwa Kumar Agarwal, had written a letter to the acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Sanjay Yadav, seeking interim bail, parole for undertrial prisoners and convicts. This appeal was forwarded in view of reports indicating the doubling of COVID-19 cases during the last two weeks in jails across the state due to overcrowding. "Scores of inmates have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, majorly due to flouting of social distancing norms on account of congestion in jails," his letter read.

As a result, the HCP panel of acting Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, Additional Chief Secretary of Home, Director General (Prisons), stated that all male inmates above 65 years of age, all female inmates above 50 years and pregnant women prisoners will be released.

Along with them, all others who suffer from cancer or other serious critical illnesses, shall also be entitled to parole for a period of 60 days. All these prisoners will be bound by a personal bond with an undertaking that they shall surrender after the expiry of the parole period.

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The suburban train services were suspended on March 22, 2020 on account of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

After running restricted operations for over a year, Mumbai's local train services are all set to resume with 100% seating capacity from today. This is being done in order to account for the increased flow of commuters on the trains. Till now, the Central and Western Railways had been operating with 1,702 and 1,304 services respectively, which account for 95.75% of their total capacity. Today onwards, this number will go up to 1,774 in the CR division and 1,367 in WR, thus making complete use of the total capacity on the two lines.

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​Two Paralympics Gold medalists from Jaipur get nominated for Khel Ratna Award

This is the first time in the 30-year-old history of Khel Ratna that 2 players from the city are being conferred the award.

Two Paralympics players from Jaipur have been recommended for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Award, the highest rank for sports in the country. Notably, this is the first in the 30 year-old-history of Khel Ratna that 2 sportsperson from the same city will be conferred with the award. The two nominated players are Avani Lekhara and Krishan Nagar, who bagged gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

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