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Assam govt announces remission of sentences for prisoners ahead of polls

GUWAHATI: Along with implementation of schemes one after another in the run-up to the state Assembly elections, the Assam government has also announced remission of sentences of convicted prisoners up to one month on the occasion of Republic Day.

An official statement said the state government has decided to remit sentences against certain categories of prisoners who have been convicted by the courts. The convicts of court-martial will, however, be exceptions.

According to the statement, prisoners having sentence above one year will get a remission of a month. Similarly, there will be 15-day remission for prisoners with a sentence less than a year, 10 days to prisoners with a sentence above three months to six months and five days for prisoners with a sentence of one month to three months, the statement added.

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The remission will not be admissible to many of the prisoners as they fall under non-admissible provisions though. Convicts of Foreigners Act, Passport Act, Prevention of Corruption Act, NDPS Act and rape are some of them, not entitled to the relaxation.  

Foreign nationals convicted under any act are also excluded from the remission of sentence. The state government has been making all efforts to please every single voter ahead of the Assembly elections due in March-April, and the prisoners are no exception.

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