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Punjab to release 550 prisoners as humanitarian gesture

Even as he thanked Union Home Minister Amit Shah for accepting the state government”s proposal to grant special remission to nine Sikh prisoners across the country to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced his government”s decision to release 550 prisoners as a humanitarian gesture on the historic occasion.

The Chief Minister appreciated the Centre”s decision to accept the state”s plea for the release of TADA prisoners who had completed their sentence and whose release was not perceived to be prejudicial to the peace and security of Punjab or the country.

In a letter dated September 14, the Chief Minister had urged Shah to accept the state government”s formal proposal as a ”goodwill gesture” on humanitarian grounds.

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