Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Ombudsman for Local Self-Government Institutions M.R. Hariharan Nair has sought the intervention of those working for the rehabilitation of released prisoners for the release of a person who is serving life sentence in the prison for the last 25 years.

The former High Court judge narrated the plight of the convict who is in prison since the age of 26 while inaugurating a seminar on “Rehabilitation of released prisoners-Necessity and importance,'' organised by the Dr. M.V. Govinda Warrier Memorial Charitable Trust here on Friday.

“He is the only son of his parents and had got married after landing in the prison. He does not have any negative report against him. His case had come before the prison review committee chaired by me and by the time a decision was to be taken, the term of the committee elapsed,” Mr. Nair said pointing out that it was he who had sent him to jail. The Ombudsman asked chairman of the trust M.G.A. Ramen, a former ADGP, Prisons, to personally look into the case and seek his release.

Presiding over the function, Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Alexander Jacob said the police cannot alone take up the case of rehabilitation of released prisoners as they were overburdened with law and order and other duties. He detailed the initiatives taken by the department to train those serving sentences as part of the steps to rehabilitate them.

Mr. Jacob said that 19 prisoners had appeared for the final computer examination of the IGNOU. The ADGP said better coordination by the NGOs was needed for rehabilitating released prisoners.