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Dacoits attack cops, escape

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 12:45 IST

A GROUP of six dacoits escaped from Pandrinath police station using improvised objects as weapons and injuring three policemen on guard duty at about 4.30 am on Sunday. Two of the three policemen are in a serious condition. One of the policemen also fired at the dacoits in vain.

TI Kailash Chandra Malviya has been line attached in connection with the incident. The six dacoits - Roshan of Beedi Nagar, Shyam of Yashoda Nagar, Dinesh of Khurail, Ravi of Mahesh Gauri Nagar, Ankit of Gauri Nagar and Laxman of Bhagirathpura - were lodged in the cell.

In the morning, Ankit called for constable Shobharam, who was on guard duty, and expressed the need to use the toilet. No sooner had the guard opened the lockup door, all six attacked him.

The dacoits had broken loose an iron pipe used in the lavatory inside the cell and using it as a weapon hit the guard. Hearing the commotion constables Raju Singh Chauhan and Sri Ram Bhadoria rushed to the aid of the fallen guard and were in turn hit on the head. Shobharam fired at the fleeting dacoits from his service three-knot-three rifle.

The accused took less than five minutes in making good their escape indicating that they had hatched their plan a long time ago and used it to perfection. It is learnt that one of their gang members was delayed due to being held back by a police constable, but they managed to wrest him free.