Amritsar, August 7
A drug peddler lodged in Tarn Taran jail escaped from police custody from Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here on Saturday evening.
The accused was identified as Sukhdeep Singh, an undertrial prisoner, lodged in Tarn Taran jail. He was a resident of Paddi Khalsa village in Goraya in Jalandhar. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday after he complained of pain in the chest and an arm. He dodged the police party deputed to guard him.
Majitha police have registered a case against Sukhdeep Singh along with three cops — ASI Jagjit Singh of Vairowal, ASI Avtar Singh of Johaldhai village and constable Parwinder Singh of Garden Colony in Patti (Tarn Taran).
The three cops were arrested and later released on bail after the registration of a case under Sections 223 and 224 of the IPC against them for dereliction of duty. Following a complaint by Sub-Inspector Vikramjit Singh posted at the Tarn Taran Police Lines, they were placed under suspension.
The police said following the information regarding his escape, police teams had started raiding his possible hideouts. All entry and exit points of the city were sealed.
According to information, Sukhdeep had several cases of drug peddling, theft and robberies registered against him. He was recently arrested by Tarn Taran police and later sent to jail. He complained of pain in the chest and arm and was referred to GND Hospital for a check-up. He was admitted to the medicine ward of the hospital for treatment. Two other prisoners, who were brought along with him for a medical examination, were sent back to Tarn Taran jail.
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