Around 2,100 prisoners in Bareilly jail and 1,600 in Agra jail have gone on a hunger strike for the past three days.
The agitating jailbirds are demanding release of prisoners who have completed life imprisonment awarded to them and have crossed the age of 70. There are around 300 such prisoners.
The efforts of jail administration officials to convince the prisoners to end their strike have fallen in deaf ears. According to Bareilly jail superintendent P.N. Pandey, the authorities have been attempting to end the strike which began on Friday.
When the condition of some of the prisoners started deteriorating, Bareilly District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal tried to negotiate with the prisoners, but in vain.
Meanwhile, UP Minister for Prisons Balwant Ramoowalia said the matter is being taken up very seriously by the government and added that he met UP Governor Ram Naik and apprised him about the situation.
According to him, their release have been stalled by an order of the Supreme Court which said their petition for release will only be cleared when it is recommended by the judge who convicted them.