A suspected terrorist named Syed Ahmed, escaped from police custody by jumping off a running train around 12 am on Wednesday night at Hoshangabad, about 70 kilometers south east of Bhopal.
According to Hoshangabad police officials, the terrorist was being taken to Lucknow by Vellore police officials who arrested him in Tamil Nadu.
The absconding terrorist along with seven Vellore police officials was travelling in Rapti Sagar Express. The train after leaving the Itarsi station was at Pawarkheda on the outskirts of Hoshangabad station. It was slowly catching up speed when suddenly the terrorist escaped from the custody of policemen and jumped off the train.
The Vellore policemen immediately informed the government railway police(GRP), who then informed the local police and anti-terrorist squad(ATS).
“The police after sounding an alert, have immediately cordoned off the area from where he escaped and are conducting a search operation to nab him. We have also alerted the Itarsi police and the nearby districts to ensure that he does not run away. Police are searching the nearby villages and have put check-points at various places of the area to nab him as soon as possible”, said Ashutosh Pratap Singh, superintendent of police, Hoshangabad.