Bhubaneswar, July 16 (LocalWire): 139 lifers, who are serving sentences in various jails in the state for two decades or more with good conduct, will be set free as part of the premature release plan of the government.
Cases of 257 life convicts who have completed minimum 14 years of actual imprisonment or more were taken up for consideration by a five-member state sentence review board on Monday.
Out of them, 139 life convicts were found eligible for premature release as per the model prison manual formulated by the Union home ministry in 2016, said officials.
Prisoners were evaluated on factors like the length of their detention and if they faced serious ailments besides good conduct which was a key factor for premature release.
Majority of the 139 convicts who are going to taste freedom shortly served sentences for more than two decades.
64-year-old Dhruba Majhi convicted for murder served 28 years in Sundargarh jail.
Similarly Dasaratha Paharia, a lifer, served 25 years in Bhawanipatna district jail.