A murder convict serving life sentence and out on parole has gone missing.
Senior officials of the jail department said this was the first reported case of a convict “jumping parole” in the 58 correctional homes in Bengal.
Jainal Gazi Sarif, 41, a resident of Joynagar in South 24-Parganas, was convicted of murder in 2000 and serving the sentence at Alipore Correctional Home.
He had been granted parole for 15 days — till October 10 — because of his good conduct at the correctional home.
“The convict had reported to the local police station (in Joynagar) on the day he reached there. But he jumped parole and has been missing since. We had reported the matter to Joynagar police station but they directed the case to Alipore police station as the correctional home is in the latter’s area,” said inspector-general (correctional services) Ranveer Kumar.
A complaint lodged by the superintendent of Alipore Correctional Home, Chittaranjan Ghorai, stated that the convict had reported his arrival at Joynagar police station on September 25.
Police sources said a search at his home drew a blank as his immediate family, including his wife, has fled.
An inmate can be granted parole either following a plea or on a routine basis because of his good conduct in custody. According to the rule, an inmate needs to report to the local police station daily till he returns to the jail following the end of the parole.
Officials in the correctional home services department said the idea behind granting parole is to allow a person to meet family members so he can participate in the family’s decision-making process.
“Though the rules state that a convict on parole must report to his local police station everyday, some relaxation is granted to those in districts as a convict’s home is often quite far from the local police station. If he has to spend considerable part of the day travelling to and from the police station, the purpose of parole is lost,” said a senior official. “Gazi has abused the relaxation.”
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