An inmate who went missing from inside Arthur Road Jail on Tuesday, caused panic among police officials and discomfort to several undertrials who were made to stand outside for nearly four hours.
The jail authorities lodged a missing person’s complaint with the NM Joshi police on Wednesday.
Confirming the incident, senior inspector Vasant Tajne of NM Joshi police station said, “While the jail authorities were carrying out the head count, they realised that one inmate was missing. This lead to major panic inside and a search was conducted. A few hours later the inmate was found inside the jail premises.”
According to jail sources, a head count was being carried out in the evening when an inmate, who is 22 years old and is in prison for theft, was found to be missing. However, around 30-35 undertrials that had been remanded to judicial custody were being brought to Arthur Road jail the same day.
To ensure there was no confusion, the prison authorities made the undertrials stand outside while they looked for the missing inmate.
Rajendra Dhamne, jailor of Arthur Road jail, said, “He was hiding in a different barrack probably thinking that he might be successful in escaping. However, it took us a few hours to locate him as the prison is big.”
Surendra Kumar Inspector General (prisons) also confirmed the incident but claimed that there was no panic.
A policeman who was escorting the undertrials from the court to Arthur Road Jail said on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media, “Around 40 policemen and 30-35 inmates were made to wait outside. We had been on duty since morning and due to their (jail authorities) negligence we had to suffer.”