Dhaka: In the largest mass release in
Bangladesh`s history, authorities have started freeing 1,000
inmates to ease crowding in the country`s prisons.
Dozens of inmates were released from jails across the
country today. Yesterday, 207 prisoners were freed from
Dhakaand suburban Kashimpur central jails.
"The process is underway to release the inmates who
already served at least 20 years in jails to ease pressures on
the country`s crammed jails," a Home Ministry spokesman said.
The inmates were being freed from 68 jails. Most of
the inmates were convicted on charges like murders.
The official said Bangladesh`s 67 prisons currently
accommodate three times their capacity, with 77,000 prisoners
in facilities designed for a maximum of 28,000 people.
"The prisoners who are elderly or have showed good
conducts were granted amnesty under the prison code,"
Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier Mohammad Ashraful Islam
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a meeting with the
jail authorities in May this year had ordered release of 1,000