West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced here on Tuesday that her government would release 40 prisoners lodged behind bars for more than 18 years in various correctional homes across the State.

Addressing journalists at the Secretariat, Ms. Banerjee said the prisoners were imprisoned for long and they might not have approached courts for their release because of legal complications. The release would help them to return to the social mainstream and lead a normal and peaceful life, she added.

Details of the prisoners were released at the Secretariat.

On the issue of release of political prisoners as recommended by “Bandi Mukti Committee” formed by the State government, Ms. Banerjee said the committee had recommended release of 52 political prisoners of which 30 prisoners have been released so far.