The police said they have arrested a juvenile during a special raid near Jawahar Singh Wala village under Nihal Singh Wala subdivision here on Thursday, who had fled the juvenile home and rehabilitation centre in Shimlapuri in Ludhiana district on June 22.
According to the police, the arrested was identified as Dharminder Singh, 18, who is a resident of Fatehpur village under Jhuneer police station in Mansa district. The police said Dharminder was various charges under sections 120b (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 406 (criminal breach of trust) of the IPC.
Gurpal Singh, additional SHO, Nihal Singh Wala police station, said Dharminder had fled from the juvenile home after thrashing guards and taking them hostage aided by five other inmates, identified as Lovedeep Singh, 16, of Mansa district, charged for murder, Gurpreet Singh, 18, of Ferozepur, charged for drug peddling, Veerinder Singh, 17, of Nabha, charged for murder, Tarsem Singh, 17, of Barnala, charged for attempt to murder and Gurvinder Singh, 19, of Bhadaur in Barnala district, charged for rape.
The police said they had launched a manhunt to arrest all five accused and had alerted higher officials in all districts as well as in home districts of the accused. Police said the five accused who had escaped from the home had been charged with crimes such as murder, attempt to murder, rape and drug peddling.
"As soon as we received a tipoff that Dharminder was trying to manage a residence for himself in Moga district, we barricaded the state highway near Jawahar Singh Wala and nabbed Dharminder after a short chase," said the police official.