Five policemen have been booked under Section 223 of the IPC for negligence of duty after an undertrial, admitted to the civil hospital here for a regular check-up, escaped on Monday morning by giving a slip to the cops on duty.
Sohan Lal, 50, was booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act , by the district police in October last year.
Station house officer (SHO) Harvinder Sra said, “The undertrial was admitted to the civil hospital on Thursday for a regular check up. However, we are hopeful that he will be nabbed soon.”
This is not an isolated case of undertrials escaping from police custody here. Last year in May, an undertrial, in a double murder case, had escaped from the civil hospital, though he was nabbed soon after. “The security and safety of prisoners and undertrials is the responsibility of the jails department. They are also responsible for medication and safety of prisoners. But, this responsibility is also given to the police department, which is already overburdened due to the shortage of manpower,” said an officer, who wished to stay anonymous. Another officer suggested that a small hospital inside the prison can resolve the issue.
“If we have a small hospital inside the hospital, then prisoners will not be travelling from the jail to the civil hospital even for minor problems.” The jail superintendent could not be reached for comments.