Escape of 3 prisoners from Amritsar jail: CM orders inquiry

Escape of 3 prisoners from Amritsar jail: CM orders inquiry

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Chandigarh, Feb 2 : Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday ordered a magisterial inquiry by Commissioner Jalandhar into the escape of three prisoners from Central Jail Amritsar, and has also directed the Jail Minister to immediately suspend, pending inquiry, all those responsible for prison security.

The escaped prisoners have been identified as Vishal (22), Gurpreet(34) and Jarnail (25). A state-wide hunt has been launched for the escaped prisoners, and the Chief Minister has also ordered ADGP Jails to revamp prison security in the wake of the incident, which came to light around 0320 hrs, less than two hours after the undertrial prisoners broke their barrack and escaped by scaling the inner and outer walls of the jail, as per the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of the prison. Taking serious note of the security lapse, the Chief Minister said prison security would be reviewed and further strengthened, not just in this jail but in the others across the state too.

The prison guards were alerted about the escape by the other inmates, who included the brother of one of the escaped prisoners, according to initial reports. There was no evidence of outside help, according to preliminary investigations, which suggest that the trio had planned the escape on their own. Giving details DGP Dinkar Gupta said the men apparently made a hole in the wall of their barrack by removing about 10 bricks.

They then appear to have scaled the inner wall by standing one atop the other, while the outer wall was crossed by them using a hook made of a steel bar and the cover of a quilt to make a ladder. They finally escaped the jail complex from a point which was not under CCTV cover. (UNI)