As part of commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi , 611 convicts were released on October 2 in third phase of the special remision for prisioners, Home Ministry said here on Friday.
On this occasion, the States and Union Territories were advised to hold week long special functions in all prison premises based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi before the release of prisoners.They were also advised to take the prisoners to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi to garland the same, and gift them books relating to Mahatma Gandhi, the officials said.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had on July 18 2018,decided that special remission to specific category of prisoners may be given and they may be released from prisons in three phases on 2nd October 2018, 6th April 2019 and 2nd October, 2019.
In the first phase of special remission to prisoners on 2nd October, 2018, the States and UTs released 919 prisoners. In the second phase on 6th April, 2019, 505 prisoners were released from prisons. (UNI)