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Ahmedabad: Sabarmati jailbirds caught in flight

Mahesh Langa, Hindustan Times  Ahmedabad, February 11, 2013
First Published: 13:52 IST(11/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:26 IST(12/2/2013)

Gujarat police on Monday foiled a Bollywood-style escape plan launched by Sabarmati Central Jail inmates accused in the Ahmedabad serial blasts case.

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The suspects dug an 18-foot tunnel from their high-security barrack using dinner plates, wood and gardening tools, jail officials said.

Stunned by the discovery and failure of jail authorities to detect the plot, work on which went on for more than a month, the Narendra Modi government has ordered a DIG-level inquiry, led by DIG Amit Vishwakarma.

The high-security barrack called ‘chhota chakkar’ is a secluded area and inmates housed there are not allowed to venture out into other wards.

“We have deployed a state reserve police force (SRPF) team and the entire barrack will be covered by CCTV,” additional chief secretary (home) SK Nanda said.

Nanda said the probe would also look into any collusion by jail staff.

Sabarmati jail authorities have identified three people who are prime suspects and filed an FIR against them.

In July 2008, Ahmedabad witnessed a series of blasts in which more than 50 people were killed and over a 100 injured. Gujarat police subsequently arrested 68 people in connection with the blasts.

The case is under trial in Ahmedabad’s City Civil and Sessions Court.


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