Muzaffarnagar: Forty-three prisoners were on Monday released from the Muzaffarnagar district jail on parole in a bid to decongest the jail and enure that the crowded prion does not turn into a breeding ground for the spread of coronavirus infection.
The jail inmates were released on eight-week parole on recommendation of a prison committee, said Muzaffarnagar Jail Superintendent A K Saxena.
He said the prison committee had made its recommendation in accordance with the Allahabad High Court direction to the Uttar Pradesh government to decongest overcrowded prisons to stem the coronavirus spread.
A total of 2,272 prisoners are lodged in the district jail, which houses prisoners from the adjacent Shamli district, which has no jail.
The prisoners were released a day after a 70-year-old woman serving life term in the district jail here died of heart failure on Sunday.
The woman had died a day after another prisoner had died of kidney failure, Saxena had said on Snday.