Sources said 12 inmates of Supravat Sudhar Home ran off a few days back, reportedly out of frustration of living in the institution for a long period.
There are 132 prisoners who completed 10 years imprisonment and probation officers are checking their eligibility for premature release. The final list would be sent to the government by November 30.
The Directorate has proposed the Home department to enhance the cost of diet from Rs 64 per day to Rs 80 considering the price rise of food and essential commodities.
All the inmates sustained minor injuries, which were self-inflicted, the jail officials said, adding that one of them was sent to the hospital, but he is back in the jail after treatment.
There are 436 active COVID-19 cases in Banda, and so far, 10 people have succumbed to the disease in the district.
Reports of 182 had come out on Wednesday night, a day after 42 others were found infected. This has triggered panic at the jailed premises which is bursting at the seams.
Modi told the delegates that the NDA government had decided on "Mukti Daan" to set free old and ailing jail inmates on compassionate grounds.
The EDMC has asked the prisons department of the government to pay Rs 6,03,44,062 for shifting prisoners from Tihar to Mandoli without getting completion certificate from it.
Following the commotion in the jail after DIG D Roppa's visit on Saturday, more than 30 convicts were moved to different jails in the state.
One of the accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail, while a convicted juvenile was sentenced to three years of punishment in a reform home.