Here is a shocker. More than 200 inmates have escaped from Gaighat boy's remand home in Patna City in the last 12 years. In the latest incident late on Thursday evening, three more boys escaped, exposing the security arrangement at the remand home.
The boys escaped by scaling the boundary wall with the help of bedsheets and towels, despite the fact, that the remand home has 11 guards.
The incident came to light when security guard Ram Keval Prasad counted the number of inmates. He found three inmates missing during the count. All the three inmates were involved in grave crimes incuding arson, assault and extortion.
A police officer admitted, that the remand home officials had failed to maintain even the minimum security arrangement. The living condition, he added, had also left a lot to be desired.
Home superintendent Prabhat Tiwari said, "We have just 11 security guards, including four constables round the clock to keep vigil over 50 inmates. At present, there are 54 inmates. As per rule, home guard jawans are not authorised to check inside the home. They have been deputed at the main gate only," he added.
Tiwari said, "Inmates escape due to pending cases against them. They know that they are minors and no action will be taken against them."
The home has witnessed frequent incidents of escape in the last 12 years. Two-dozen inmates had escaped in 2000 due to poor condition of the home and lack of facilities. In 2001, eight inmates had managed to escape while eleven inmates had fled in 2002 and two dozen managed to get out in 2003.
Panic had prevailed among officials of remand home and senior police officers, when 76 inmates had fled after assaulting remand home staff and snatching keys from their custody on March 15,2004. They had also beaten up the security staff and forced the gatekeeper to hand over the key to the main gate. Police later managed to nab only 34 of the them and 42 inmates are still at large. Yet, nothing has been done since to bloster security at the home.
Interstingly, 50 inmates again escaped in 2005 and in 2006, another 12 inmates escaped after dodging security guards. The trend continued between 2007 and 2011, when several inmates were also reported escaped.
Eight inmates have escaped so far in the month of September 2012. Some of them have returned home on the suggestion of their families.