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Posted at: Jan 14, 2018, 12:17 AM; last updated: Jan 14, 2018, 12:17 AM (IST)

Camp court held, one undertrial freed

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 13

The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Bathinda, held a camp court in the Central Jail here today. Dr Mandeep Mittal, CJM/Secretary, DLSA, who was present during the camp, heard those undertrial prisoners who were willing to confess their crimes.

Some inmates complained that their challans were not being presented and some of them stated that they were in jail for more than two months for minor offences. One inmate was released on probation on the spot. Rajdeep Singh Brar, Probation Officer, Bathinda, was also present.

The CJM addressed the jail inmates through the public address system and briefed them that they should write down their problems on a piece of paper with complete particulars. The inmates were informed about the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) whereby any account holder, aged between 18 and 70 years, can pay Rs 12 per year and get accidental insurance coverage of Rs 2 Lakh. They were told that this was the most inexpensive insurance scheme.

The Secretary told the inmates that the medical camp might be organised by the District Legal Services Authority if they had health problems. The convicts were asked to take the help of para legal volunteers for jotting down their problems, particularly for taking free legal aid. The convicts and undertrials were further encouraged to continue yoga and channelise their energy into doing activities for the well being of mankind and nature. A separate list was prepared for those who are in the jail for a long time and their challans have not been presented.

A National Lok Adalat would be organised on February 10.


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