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UP govt releases 2,257 convicts on parole

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 26 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday released 2,257 convicts, lodged in different jails in Lucknow, on parole for eight weeks.
In March, the Supreme Court had directed decongesting of prisons in a bid to maintain social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Earlier, the Maharashtra government announced that it would give temporary parole to 17,000 inmates out of 35,000 lodged in different jails.
The decision was taken after over 150 inmates at Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail were found to be COVID-19 positive earlier this month. (ANI)