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12 April 2011 01:43 am - 2     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


About 43 Indian convicts in the Welikada prison, who were jailed for offences relating to possession of drugs, would be able to  complete the remaining term of their sentences in India.

Following up on the Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners between the Indian and Sri Lankan governments about nine months ago, the Indian High Commission here has sent out consent forms to the prisoners.

“Once they fill up the forms and return it to us, we will formally begin the process of getting them back to India where they will serve out their sentences,” an official here said.

The agreement is not applicable to under-trial prisoners. By that yardstick, three of the 43, who were arrested recently could be held back. “From our end, we have completed the processes. We have to wait for them [the Sri Lankan authorities] to decide on the eligible prisoners and communicate it to us,” the official said.

There has been no release of prisoners in the recent past and almost all the Indians in prison were arrested for offences relating to possession of drugs. Some had served more than a decade-and-half in prison. They have to last out another similar period before hoping to get out – either here or in India. “Most of the drug offenders get very lengthy terms. That is the only way to keep people out of this nasty business of transporting drugs,” the official said.

Lured by the promise of making quick money, many Indians act as “carriers” between India and other foreign destinations — carrying contraband, precious metals, drugs and other banned items. While a few make it across the immigration and customs counters in foreign airports, many get caught. (The Hindu)

  Comments - 2

  • Royalist Tuesday, 12 April 2011 03:22 AM

    Ah so... we hand over the baton to India so the relay can continue... brilliant...

    The Undertaker Tuesday, 12 April 2011 10:15 AM


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