Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, March 28
Four inmates lodged at the Ludhiana Central Jail fled on Saturday morning after scaling two 14-foot walls. The incident came to light during the counting of the inmates. Two of the inmates fled second time. One had escaped from the jail in June 2019 while another had fled from a jail bus in November last year.
Sources said due to the spread of Covid-19, security in the jail had been reduced, which helped inmates in fleeing. Some CRPF men were also deployed at the jail, but they too failed to notice the movement of inmates.
The four inmates, who escaped from jail, have been identified as Ravi Kumar (24), Suraj Kumar, Aman Kumar, alias Deepak (23), and Arashdeep Singh, alias Seepa (24). All were lodged in the jail in cases registered under the NDPS Act and IPC.
Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal said four inmates escaped from the Ludhiana Central Jail early in morning today. They were lodged in ‘chakkis’ (special cell) inside jail, he added.
The inmates first scaled a wall of the Central Jail, entered the women’s jail from where they further scaled another wall and fled. They attached an iron hook at one corner of the blanket. The inmates threw blanket over the wall and used it to scale it.
“Due to curfew they will not be able to go far. People are requested to inform the police if they notice suspicious persons,” the CP added.
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