Dramatic escape bid at juvenile home in Delhi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 08:45 IST

In what could be the plot of a prison break movie, five juveniles allegedly attempted to escape from their observation home in North Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar by digging a hole on a wall on Sunday afternoon.

For around four hours, the boys dug a hole in the wall and drowned the noise of digging by singing loudly and allegedly banging the dormitory door. While they thought they had acted smart and managed to dodge the guards, it was this act that got the security personnel suspicious.

To conceal their tracks, the boys, all aged between 16 and 18 years, hid the hole with a carrom board. “They hid the cement in the garbage bin and dumped leftover food on top of it,” the official added.

Around 2pm on Sunday, a guard noticed the prolonged singing session. “The boys were singing and banging the door, as if it were a drum, for almost four straight hours. They managed to dig a one square foot hole in the room wall,” said a staff member.

On investigating, the guards heard digging sounds. The authorities rushed to the room and found the hole at the knee level on a side wall. They found an iron rod.

“They had broken the rod from the window and used that to dig a hole in the wall,” said an official.

While officials of the observation home maintained the boys could not have escaped from the premises, sources in the department claimed that they could have been successful in their plan had their singing had gone unnoticed.

“The boys could’ve easily made out of the premises had they managed to escape from the room,” said a staff member.
The five boys, observation home officials said, were repeat offenders and had been admitted before. These boys were kept separately because they would often bully other children of the house.

Officials said while the police was alerted after the incident, a case was not been registered.

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