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Escaped convict rearrested

delhi Updated: Feb 08, 2011 00:46 IST
HT Correspondent
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He escaped from jail in Jammu in handcuffs and came all the way to the Capital. But eventually it was his handcuffs that got him in trouble.

A 26-year-old man, who escaped from custody in Jammu a week ago, was arrested in central Delhi after he was found trying to remove the handcuffs.

The accused, Rahul Gupta, who was detained under Public Safety Act in Jammu, had escaped from a jail van in Jammu on February 1 while he was being taken to a hospital for a regular medical examination.

"We had received information that a handcuffed person was present near Delite Cinema in Daryaganj who was trying to get the handcuffs removed with the help of an ironsmith. This led to the arrest on February 4," said Vivek Kishore, deputy commissioner of police (central).

Rahul first mislead police at the first instance. "He told us that he had escaped from Mumbai Police custody but when it was examined, we found an inscription Jammu and Kashmir," Kishore added.

He was arrested in August 2010 under the provisions of Public Safety Act, a Special Act used only in Jammu and Kashmir on the pattern of National Security Act in other states.

"He was a dreaded criminal in Udhampur district and was having several criminal involvements," said Kishore.

Rahul has studied up to Class 11 and can speak English very fluently. He was earlier involved in eight cases of attempt to murder, hurt, illegal possession of arm and absconding from police custody in Jammu and Udhampur districts.

"Rahul had earlier escaped from police custody in 2008. After absconding from police custody, he informed his family and came to Delhi and was looking for some hideout," the DCP added.