Tribune News Service
Patiala, May 6
Almost a week after three convicts escaped from Patiala central jail, police managed to arrest one of them on Thursday.
Police arrested Inderjeet Singh from his village where he had gone to borrow money from a friend.
The arrest is likely to shed some light on how the three managed to scale two jail walls.
The three had escaped following laxity on part of jail officials. All three were lodged in the Koratine barrack which houses cells for inmates. The police were investigating how they managed to scale a 10-feet inner wall and then the outer wall which is over 12 feet in height.
“The trio managed a hole in the cell wall and later managed to scale the other two walls, without being noticed”, sources inside the jail said. “We came to know about the escape in the morning when during change of guard one of the jail guard notices the hole in the cell wall”, they added
The missing convicts who allegedly fled from the jail include Sher Singh Son of Village Vanike, Amritsar, Inderjeet Singh Dhiana of village Ranipur Komboa in Kapurthala and Jaspreet Singh Noopi of village Dhadi in Roopnagar.
Out of the three, Sher Singh was deported from the United Kingdom to serve the rest of his sentence in a drugs case, in which he was sentenced to 22 years behind bars.
“He was in Patiala jail for over two years”, said a top cop.
“There is a hole which they made through the wall of their cell, not the outer wall. We are searching the jail premises as well”, said a senior official.
Patiala SSP Vikramjeet Duggal confirmed the arrest of Inderjeet Singh and said raids are on to nab the other two escapees too.
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