169 HIV-positive prisoners in Chhatisgarh jails

Raipur: 169 prisoners in Chhattisgarh were found to be HIV-positive in the last two years and three of them died due to AIDS, the state assembly was told on Wednesday.

"A total of 169 prisoners lodged in the state's jails were found to be HIV-positive since 2011. Three inmates died due to AIDS during this period," Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar said in a written reply to a question from Nandkumar Patel (Congress).

He said 93 inmates tested HIV-positive in 2011-12. Of these, 29 were convicts while the rest 64 were under-trials. In 2012-13, 76 inmates were found suffering from the infection and among them 19 were convicts and the rest under-trials.

During this period, 102 prisoners suffering from different diseases died in jails, he added.