Police have arrested the accomplice of an undertrial prisoner who managed to escape from the police custody on January 21.
The accused has been identified as Karamjit Singh, 21, a resident of Chandigarh, and a native of Gurdaspur, and pursuing his bachelors of arts (first year) from DAV College, Sector 10.
Police arrested him from his residence on late Monday night. The SUV Toyota Innova, which was used to escape, belongs to Karamjit Singh, said the cops.
During the preliminary investigation, it came to the fore that Karamjit Singh along with three others were following the police van, in two different cars (Toyota Innova and Swift), which was carrying the accused, Lawrence Bishnoi, a resident of Abhor, Fazilka, to the Ropar jail.
He had managed to escape while being taken to Ropar after hearing at the Abhor court.
“While he was being brought back, he managed to escape with the help of his friends as cops halted for dinner at a dhaba in Dehri village on the Landran-Banur road,” said police sources. Pertinent that the accused was not handcuffed when the incident took place. Lawrence Bishnoi is accused of rape, murder and car snatching cases.
Police sources said it was a pre-planned attack, and was executed on January 21.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered against him under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 225 (resistance or obstruction to lawful apprehension of another person) and 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the IPC at the Sohana police station. Cops also received injuries while they were trying to intercept the car, said police.
Following to the incident, the cops including assistance sub inspector Harkesh Singh and constables, Surinder Kumar, Harminder Singh and Sukhwinder Singh, were suspended and the case under sections 223 (escape from confinement or custody negligently suffered by public servant) and 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) of the IPC has been registered against them.
Superintendent of police (SP), City 1, Ashish Kapoor said to further investigate the matter, Karamjit had been given a two-day remand. He added the absconders, including the undertrial prisoner, would be nabbed soon.