Bhayandar : Reminiscent of the recent “Bitti Mohanty” case, a convict at large since 2012 after being released on parole was recently arrested from Saphale village and sent back to jail by the Virar police.

Hamid Shaikh, was found guilty for the murder of Ramkumar Chourasia, at Manvelpada, Virar in 2003. Shaikh was convicted and awarded life sentence by the Sessions Court. He was sent to Kolhapur Central Jail and was granted a 16-day parole in 2012. He, however jumped parole and was declared a “proclaimed offender” by the Thane (rural) police.

After evading the police dragnet for more than a year, Shaikh, was finally nabbed by a police team from a hamlet in Saphale village. There have been several instances, like the most recent Bitti Mohanty case, where parole is being conveniently used as an escape route for convicts.

As per manuals, the local police are responsible to keep a tab on convicts (under their jurisdiction) who have been released on parole. It is mandatory for on-parole convicts to visit the local police station (frequency of visits as per orders of the judiciary) and sign the attendance register, failing which the convicts can be arrested and their parole cancelled.

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