DHAKA: Bangladesh has started releasing prisoners convicted of minor offences as a precautionary action to control infection among the overcrowded prisons in the country, said an official.
Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General Mustafa Kamal Pasha told Anadolu Agency: “The jail authority will release 2,884 prisoners across the country in line with the government’s decision on it. And, the releasing started on Saturday and we are hoping that the process would have been completed by this week.”
“Considering the contradiction between number of prisoners and accommodation availability in jails, we have decided to free some prisoners convicted [in courts] of minor offences,” he added.
The South Asian country on Sunday released as many as 385 prisoners from the Dhaka Central Jail and some outside Dhaka jails while the initiative started on Saturday releasing few of them who were serving jail terms from three months to one year.
Earlier, the Home Ministry upon discussions with the Law Ministry took the decision to free some prisoners to curb the outbreak in jails amid experts’ call to do so.