Two more convicts, in jail for want of bonds, seek release

MANISH SAHU

After 82-year-old Shanti was released from jail on personal bonds, two other murder convicts lodged in UP jails have now requested the state government to relax norms and order for their release on same grounds.

The state government had ordered their pre-mature release in 2009 after they completed their 14 years of imprisonment. But they could not be released as both failed to submit the sureties.

On December 10, Shanti, a murder convict who awaited her release from jail for want of two sureties after the acceptance of her mercy petition in 2009, was released from jail after the government ordered her release on "humanitarian ground" against a personal bond of Rs 5,000.

The two murder convicts, who now want the state government to release them, are Jagrai, lodged at Naini central jail, Allahabad, and Ram Kumar alias Raj Kumar at Lucknow Model Jail.

The Prison Department has forwarded their applications to the state government.

A native of West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, Jagrai was sentenced to life imprisonment by UP's Sultanpur district court in a murder case in 1992. The High Court, too, had confirmed his sentence. On February 26, 2009, the state government ordered his pre-mature release.

Since Jagrai could not arrange for the two sureties for his release as he had no relatives, he requested to release him on personal bond.

Ram Kumar, also a murder convict, was sentenced to life imprisonment on September 30, 1988 in a murder case by a court in Ambedkar Nagar district. His appeal is pending in the High Court. The state government had ordered his pre-mature release on September 16, 2009.

The jail officials that after the government ordered for his release, they sent a letter to his wife in Ambedkar Nagar seeking the two sureties. The wife, however, refused to receive the application.

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