Armed criminals on Tuesday morning exploded two bombs inside the Hajipur civil court premises, barely 20 kms from Patna, to free a dacoit, who had been brought to the court for production, police said.
Two persons, including an undertrial and a woman constable deputed near the court lock up, sustained splinter injuries in the incident.
As soon as the police van carrying the prisoners reached the civil court premises, two crude bombs exploded, Superintendent of Police Suresh Chaudhary said. One live bomb was also recovered from the spot and was promptly defused, he added.
Taking advantage of the commotion after the explosion, the dacoit Sant Lal Sah tried to escape. He ran up to the boundary wall, but fell down near the bushes while trying to jump across from the eastern side of the campus. The the police caught hold of him, the SP said.
Later, additional police force was rushed to the civil court and the prisoners were produced before the court, the SP said. Police said Shah would be interrogated to trace the criminals, who were involved in the attack.
“Altogether 33 under trials, including Sah were brought by the jail’s prison van for their production in different courts. The criminals had information about this and had taken position. As soon as the van arrived near the lock-up, the criminals hurled two bombs. A dense fog enveloped the entire court premises leading to commotion and Sant Lal tried to escape,” said Arvind Kumar Gupta, ASP Hajipur.
Hajipur town police detained one person from Bidupur area and recovered a motorcycle. Police said the motorbike was parked on the side from where Sah had tried to escape.