Taken to an engineering college to appear in a final-year examination, a murder accused managed to escape from police custody from a Panipat village on Thursday evening after a gang of youths attacked an escort party.
Nearly 10 youths, who came on three motorcycles, smeared chilli powder in the eyes of three escorting policemen and snatched a carbine and bullets from their possession. Assailants reportedly fired in air before fleeing the spot.
Identified as Vikram, the escapee was taken from Hisar central jail to appear in a supplementary exam at the Samalkha Group of Institutions at Hathlana village, located on the Uttar Pradesh border. Vikarm is pursuing electronics engineering and is into its final year. The Hisar police took him for the exam on the permission of the Hisar district court, police said.
Panipat superintendent of police (SP) KK Rao told Hindustan Times that the incident took place when policemen and Vikarm were waiting for a state transport bus to return to the jail. "Vikram came out of the examination hall at 4pm. During their wait for public transport at Hathlana, a gang of youths stopped near them and started firing. They threw chilli powder and then beat them up," Rao said. The injured policemen are admitted to Bhim Sain Sachhar Hospital, Panipat.