GUWAHATI, Oct 9 - More than 150 life convicts lodged in various prisons in Assam are likely to step out in the open air before the New Year. The State Home Department has already started the process of remission of sentences of life convicts who had undergone 14 years of imprisonment or more in aggregate.
Sources in the Home Department told The Assam Tribune that the files of all the life convicts have been sought from the Assam Prisons headquarters and already the process of facilitating their release is on.
The Home Department, according to sources, is expected to send the documents recommending remission of the life convicts for the approval of the Governor from November this year onwards.
�The release is expected before the beginning of the New Year in a phased manner,� sources said, adding that relevant documents against a number of such convicts which were collected from various jails, have already reached the Home Department through the Assam Prisons headquarters.
This comes after Supreme Court of India restored the State Government�s discretion of releasing the life convicts.