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Bangla nationals still in jails after conviction period

More than a thousand people from Bangladesh are still languishing in jails across West Bengal even though their terms are over. MASUM, a human rights organisation, has recently filed a PIL seeking timely intervention of the High Court for their release and deportation.

In the petition, MASUM said foreign nationals lodged in jails after the expiry of their conviction period should be deported immediately. The detention of a person in jail thereafter was in violation of Supreme Court orders and against a declaration by the United Nations.

The Centre and the state governments have failed to understand their responsibilities and such people have been deprived of their fundamental rights, the petition alleged. According to government records, the number of Bagladeshis lodged in jails even after the expiry of their conviction is 1076.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 21

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