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Police make progress in presidency escape case

kolkata Updated: Aug 30, 2012 13:16 IST
HT Correspondent

The two Bangladeshi undertrials who broke out of Presidency jail on Tuesday are still absconding, but police have found some leads into their daring escape.

The undertrials Mohammad Sabuj and Mohammad Ali Mollah were found missing since 7 am on Tuesday and were suspected to have jumped over the boundary wall.

Early on Wednesday morning, sleuths noticed footprints along the wall, barely 50 metres from tower number 8 at the jail. Prison officials said that there was minor reparation work underway inside the prison complex, in which a number of inmates were engaged. A few tools required for the repair work were kept nearby. Sabuj and Ali took advantage of the situation and escaped by scaling and jumping over the walls.

“Sabuj and Ali were charged under sections 399 and 402 of Indian penal code (IPC) and section 14 of foreigners act and undergoing trial. We have launched a manhunt for them and investigations are underway as to how they managed to escape,” said Ranvir Kumar, inspector general of jails.

Section 399 of IPC outlines the punishment for making preparations to commit dacoity, section 402 prescribes punishment on assembling for purpose of committing dacoity, and section 14 of foreigners act states punishment for illegally entering and staying in India.

Prison officials describe Sabuj and Ali as experts at climbing walls, and during their previous stints as dacoits they developed this skill to perfection, jumping over high walls at ease and escaping getting caught on many occasions.

Concerns have also been raised over how the duo could have escaped with watchtower, barely 50 metres away from the site of escape, being manned by security officers round the clock. Also, CCTV cameras are installed at various locations inside the jail premises past which the inmates were able to sneak, undetected. Prison officials are also doubtful whether Sabuj and Ali knew the location of the CCTV cameras and whether they were aware of the lax security at tower number 8.