69 per cent in Tihar are from Delhi

The residents of the national capital account for about 69 percent of the inmates in Tihar Jail, India's largest prison. But there has been a three per cent decline in their proportion  compared to 2011.

Prison data said while 69.10 per cent of male inmates were from Delhi, 18.44 of the women in Tihar were from the City. About 28 per cent of the Jail population was from other states – mainly Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar and Rajasthan. Three per cent of the male inmates and nearly eight per cent of women in Tihar were foreigners. Altogether, the overcrowded jail saw an increase of 11.68 per cent in its population last year compared to 2010, said Director General (Prison) Neeraj Kumar Tuesday.

According to jail authorities, 1,268 more inmates were added to the jail population last year,  compared to 2010. “While total 12,124 inmates were present last year, 10,856 were present in 2010,” said Kumar.  

During last year, 54,763 inmates of different categories were admitted in the prison and 53,495 were released.

The official said that 395 inmates were foreigners, including 144 Nigerian.

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