A magisterial probe into the escape of three Pakistanis, who managed to give slip away from a lone policeman while being taken to a hospital in east Delhi, has found serious lapses at the Lampur detention centre where they were put up while waiting to be deported.
According to highly placed sources in Delhi government, the probe report said the three detainees — Abdul Razzaq, Rafaquat Ali and Mohammad Sadiq — arrested in October 2000 for allegedly carrying explosives and narcotics and completed nine-year sentence, had made several phone calls to other states of which the security agencies have no record.
While the STD facility was provided to inmates of the detention centre after a High Court order, the security staff did not maintain a register of the calls made from the phone.
Sources said the report has indicted the social welfare officers who manage the detention centre and Delhi Police’s special branch officers, who were responsible for the security of the Pakistan nationals at the home. The report has also questioned the logic behind sending the three to a hospital in east Delhi, more than 25-km from the detention centre, for medical help whereas a government hospital is available in the area.
While Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta visited the detention home on Saturday to see its condition, he has also sent the report to the Lieutenant Governor for action. The LG is expected to call a meeting of senior officers later this week to discuss the findings and the suggestions, the official said.
The government now plans to segregate Pakistani and non-Pakistani nationals, currently kept together at the centre before deportation, to avoid confusion, said a senior home official.
The Lampur detention centre houses foreign nationals before they are deported to their native countries. While Delhi Police’s special branch looks after the security of Pakistani nationals at the centre, the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) is responsible for those from other countries. The Bangladesh nationals are being taken care of by the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs directly, sources said.
“The multiplicity of agencies also leads to confusion. The Delhi government now plans to segregate the centre so that it is better managed,” a senior Delhi government official said.