Petition: Covid-19 is a virtual death sentence for political prisoners! Release them now!
By Citizens for Justice and Peace
Political prisoners lodged in prisons across the country need to be released temporarily in the wake of the massive surge in COVID-19 cases. It is known that prison conditions are conducive to spread of a virus like COVID-19 and these political prisoners deserve to be released on bail.
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Kin Allege Negligence as Prisoner in Taloja Jail Dies of COVID-19
The Wire / by The Wire Staff
Activist Varavara Rao had also previously complained about the healthcare facilities in Taloja jail in an an affidavit submitted to a court.
A 22-year-old undertrial prisoner lodged in Navi Mumbai’s Taloja jail has died of COVID-19 at a hospital, even as his family members alleged that the negligence of prison authorities led to his death.
The prisoner, identified as Vishal Anand Dasari, died at St George Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday morning, a jail official said.
Maharashtra’s Prisons Are Feeling the Brunt of a Crisis That Could Have Been Averted
The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha
Despite several directions from the Supreme Court and high court to decongest its overcrowded prisons in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government has neglected the issue.