TDN World Desk: Justice and Liberty initiative, an Assam-based organisation which provides legal aid, has submitted a written plea to the Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde seeking the release of all persons kept in foreigners detentions centres in Assam.
The minister of state in the ministry of home affairs, Nityanand Rai told the Rajya Sabha that a total 802 people have been kept in six detention centres in Assam. Tghe report included datat till March 6.
Human rights lawyer Aman Wadud, at the behest of the organisation mailed a 12-page representation seeking exonaration of people from the confinement of the setentio centre. The appeal is made in the wake of the coronavius outbreat across the country, when government of India imposed nationwide lock down as the safety and preacutionary measure.
In their letter, the organisation stated, as reoported by The Telegraph,“The court has already taken a bold and decisive step towards ensuring that prisons do not become breeding grounds of Covid-19 and has ordered a high-powered committee to come up with modalities of releasing prisoners on parole, and that under trials awaiting trial for offences entailing maximum sentence of seven years also be extended a similar benefit. The applicant organisation prays that similar benefit be also extended to persons “declared to be foreigners” facing perpetual detention in Assam.”
Being “human beings” they also have at least the basic right to live and to not die of Covid-19 in the precincts of a prison, which has despicable living conditions,” the letter further added.
Earlier this month, in a written reply, Lok Sabha was informed that ten inmates of Aasam’s six detention centre died.
To lessen the congestion in the prison cell, the Tihar Jail authority said they would try to release 3,000 prisoners “to ease congestion in jails in the wake of threat of Coronavirus”.
On March, 23 the AAP government told the Delhi High Court that it has decided to decongest its prisons to prevent the spread of coronavirus by providing convicts with the options of special parole and furlough.