A little over a month after he was nabbed, a wanted druglord gave the Delhi Police the slip after being produced at a court in Punjab, police said on Wednesday.
Ranjit Singh Kandola, a resident of Punjab's Nawanshahar district, had been taken to Hoshiarpur district Garhshankar from Delhi's Tihar Jail for a court hearing last week.
He and his police escorts from the third battalion of the Delhi Police were travelling on a train to Jalandhar late on Monday night since Kandola was supposed to be brought back to the capital by the Jammu Mail subsequently.
"However, as soon as the train pulled up at the Ludhiana railway station, Kandola fled and managed to escape," admitted a senior Delhi Police officer.
The alleged operator of a sophisticated drug-manufacturing unit unearthed in Punjab, Kandola had been in the custody of the Delhi Police after being arrested by the Special Cell on August 11.
Police said Kandola had been on the run ever since their counterparts in Punjab sealed the said unit, located in Jalandhar, in June this year and recovered about 50 kilograms of ephedrine and methametaphine from its premises.
"The Punjab Police had then sought our help in apprehending him and, on August 11, specific information was received that he and one of his associates would come to the Dwarka Link Road near NH 8 in a red BMW," said an officer.
A trap was laid and Kandola and his associate, Sukhjinder Singh, were apprehended with two pistols of .32 bore, 10 live cartridges, 411 grams of heroin and 2.75 grams of methametaphine.
Subsequent searches at his hideout in Gurgaon, police claimed, had resulted in the recovery of a small-scale methametaphine manufacturing unit and of other chemical substances.
A .32 calibre semi-automatic pistol along with five live cartridges was also recovered.