Mexico frees first round of Indian inmates

The Mexican government on Tuesday released 49 Indian inmates who have been wrongly held in the country's penitentiaries.

Indians are often kept in jail despite legal options for their release. Between 700 and 800 inmates are expected to be freed from local, state and national prisons this year.

Nationwide, about 7,700 Indians are being jailed, according to government officials.

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