Kolkata: Undertrial prisoners at the Alipore
Central Correctional Home went on a hunger-strike
claiming that they have been languishing behind bars for years
due to delay in redressal of their cases.
Nearly 200 prisoners of ward five, seven and nine,
went on the hunger-strike yesterday, a jail official said.
The undertrials petitioned the correctional home
superintendent that their cases were pending in courts for six
to seven years without redressal or bail, he said.
The petition said that their money had dried up fighting
the cases and the future of their families were in limbo.
"We are trying to persuade them to call off their
hunger-strike," the official said.