Ministry of Home Affairs suspends sentences of 87 prisoners.
Forty nine convicted prisoners were released from Tangail Disrict Jail on Saturday to prevent coronavirus spreading in the jail after the Ministry of Home Affairs suspended their sentences.
Sources at the jail said that the sentences of 77 prisoners have been suspended. They had been sentenced to between one month to one year. Eight of the prisoners were released earlier. Twenty of them could not pay the fine, so they were not released. The remaining 49 prisoners were released on Saturday afternoon.
Before this, the sentences of another 10 prisoners were suspended. Eight of them were released a few days ago, but two were not because they could not pay their fines.
Abdullah Al Mamun, the superintendant of Tangail District Jail said, "The government has decided to release prisoners who have been given light sentences to prevent the spread of coronavirus. We have sent a list of 300 prisoners to the government. 87 of them were released in three steps."
The detention capacity of Tangail District Jail is 467, but currently it is holding 1,111 prisoners.