India will send back 680 released Bangladeshis
Published: 04:22 PM, 11 September 2020
The State Jail Department has taken initiative to send back about 680 Bangladeshis imprisoned in various jails in West Bengal, India.
It is learned that these prisoners have been released long ago as their sentences have expired. However, due to coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, they were kept in jail for so long. As a result, it was not possible to send them back to Bangladesh.
However, in the current situation, the state jail department has taken the initiative to repatriate them, Indian media Anandabazar report said.
According to the report, there are about 680 Bangladeshi prisoners in various correctional facilities in West Bengal. Their sentence has expired on the order of the court.
But in the last few months, it has not been possible to send back the Bangladeshi prisoners due to the lockdown. The border was closed for a long time.
But now most of those problems have been solved. In the current situation, free prisoners can be sent back to Bangladesh, for which the Jail Department has requested the Home Department to take necessary steps.
A meeting between the two departments was supposed to be held in this regard a few days ago. However, the state administration said that the meeting has been postponed for the time being.
The Anandabazar report further said that due to Covid-19, several thousand trial and convicted prisoners were given 'leave' for several months. After all those holidays, the prisoners have started returning to the correctional facility. So the crowd is gradually increasing, which is also the concern of the correctional facility authorities.
According to many of them, those who return to the correctional facility a few months later are being kept in isolation.
It is learned that there are more Bangladeshi prisoners in correctional facilities like Dum Dum, Bahrampur, Malda, Krishnanagar, Balurghat, Jalpaiguri, Bangaon and Basirhat.
One of the conditions for prevention of Covid-19 is to maintain distance. Therefore, if the free Bangladeshi prisoners are sent to the country, the graph of the crowd in the correctional facilities of the border districts may go down a bit.