Kolkata: Concerned over Mamata Banerjee's announcement to release 52 political prisoners including two Maoist activists who are languishing in jails, the Union Home Ministry has decided to hold meeting with Mamata on this issue.

Home Minister P Chidamabram will meet West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee on August 27 to discuss the different aspects and hear out each other’s concerns over the issue.

The decision of the Ministry to engage the West Bengal government has in effect delayed the process of the release. The Home Ministry is of the view that the 52 political prisoners who are behind the bars shall not be released before the scheduled meeting.

These prisoners have been members of small political fronts. While 42 prisoners are members of the Koochbihar People's Association, seven are from Kamtapur Liberation Organisation and two have been associated with Maoists.

Presently, both the Maosits are lodged in Krishnanagar Jail in Nadiya district.

It was also learnt that the meeting will surface ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Bangladesh in which Mamata Banerjee is expected to join the PM.

Singh is scheduled to visit the neighbouring country on September 6.

JPN/Bureau