The Maharashtra government on Saturday announced the setting up of a committee of senior government officials to find ways to stop prisoners, out on parole or furlough, from absconding.
The committee will be headed by the Additional Chief Secretary Home (Appeals) and will include bureaucrats, police officers, lawyers and domain experts. The state government has been revamping its parole and furlough granting mechanism after a convict Sajjad Moghul, accused of murder, jumped parole in March this year.
The newly amended provisions of the Maharashtra Prisons (Furlough and Parole) (Amendment) Rules, 2016, say that a convict sentenced for offences such as dacoity, terrorism, mutiny against state, smuggling of narcotic or psychotropic substances, and also, a convict sentenced to life imprisonment till death shall be ineligible for furlough. The state has claimed that even though the rules had been modified, there was still a lacuna in the system when it came to keeping a track of those granted these benefits.
The new committee will deliberate on steps to ensure that those granted parole can be tracked. It will also look into steps to trace those who have absconded.