Patiala: Nearly a dozen prisoners lodged in various jails of Punjab are forced to stay behind the bars even after completing their sentence as nobody is willing to give their bail without which no convict can be released.

Usually, the prisoners are released after they complete their sentence in jail, but prisoners who are pardoned on Independence Day or Republic Day cannot be acquitted without bail.

As per the official documents, prisoners in Nabha, Ludhiana, Gurudaspur, Jalandhar, Ropar, Patiala and Ferozepur are forced to stay put behind the bars.

Even after serving nine years and 10 months in jail and getting pardoned, 51-year-old Jeet Singh is languishing in Patiala jail as none of his relatives are willing to associate with him.

As per Deputy Jail Superintendent Rajan Kapoor, the jail manual does not permit that any case of pre-mature release should be acquitted without bail.

Under his jurisdiction, three prisoners were still in jail even after they completed the stipulated sentence. Two still managed to get free but Jeet’s case is still pending.

“Jeet had registered an address of Fatehgarh Saheb district before starting his punishment but nobody resides there. There are no efforts from the government for release of such prisoners but if public organizations come forward, results can be fruitful,” said Kapoor.

JPN/Bureau